Since 2010, the City of Hugo continues to implement its successful Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) Program, which is intended to demonstrate community and City support for local businesses. The University of Minnesota Extension Services offers this program, and it has implemented in 60 communities across Minnesota. The program benefits the community by providing resources to businesses for solving immediate problems, and also establishing and implementing a strategic plan for economic development. The main goal of the program is to build and maintain strong relationships between the City and the businesses in Hugo.
The program began with a team of community leaders, economic developers, educators and business owners who visited and surveyed businesses to understand their contribution to the community and local economy. The survey results were published in a final report and implementation projects summary, which can be viewed in the link below. The City continues to implement the program and maintain a strong relationship with its businesses to this day.
If you have questions or comments please contact Rachel Juba at (651) 762-6304.