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Feb. 10: Guest lecturer to discuss 'Business Retention and Expansion'

Event featuring Michael Darger from University of Minnesota Extension is open to University students and employees.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 2-9-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Michael Darger (pictured at right), an extension specialist and program director for the University of Minnesota Extension program, will discuss “Business Retention and Expansion” (BR&E) on Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 6:30-8:45 p.m. at Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Morris Hall, room 112.

Darger’s presentation, sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s Urban and Regional Studies Institute, is free but is open only to Minnesota State Mankato students and employees. University students and employees interested in attending should RSVP to Nathan Pasmore, institute coordinator in the Urban and Regional Studies Institute at Minnesota State Mankato. Pasmore can be reached by email at or by phone at 507-389-1714.

According to the University of Minnesota Extension website, Darger has managed the Center for Community Vitality’s Business Retention and Expansion Program since 1999.

He provides business retention and expansion consulting and applied research for mostly Minnesota communities in cooperation with extension educators and specialists. He co‐teaches business retention and expansion courses annually (online and in‐person) for economic development professionals and stakeholders in the United States and internationally.

In Minnesota, he has helped lead award‐winning business retention and expansion programs for the communities of Menahga, Hugo and Faribault, Lyon and Swift counties, and the Midway‐University neighborhood of St. Paul, Minn. He also co‐led an award‐winning business retention and expansion program for Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

Before joining extension, Darger spent 10 years in local economic development positions with
urban nonprofit organizations and county governments. He also has experience in commercial banking, corporate finance and marketing.

The Urban and Regional Studies Institute is part of the University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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