Projects per year
Business succession and transition planning, business retention and expansion (BR&E) in particular and community economic development in general.
Michael has managed the Extension Department of Community Development's Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) programs for many years. Since 2021 he has led Extension's Business Succession and Transition programming and research. Currently, he is principal investigator for The Minnesota Business Succession and Transition Study of employer businesses with 5-500 employees.
Through the Connecting Businesses and Community program (i.e. Extension’s BRE model), he provides consulting and applied research for Minnesota communities. He cooperates with Extension educators and U of MN specialists on BRE initiatives and other community economics programs and research. He co-teaches BRE courses (online and in-person) for economic development professionals and stakeholders in the USA and internationally.
Michael created a special BRE issue of Community Development, Journal of the Community Development Society 48:2, May, 2017. It was published (2019) as a hard-cover book, Business Retention and Expansion (BRE): A Practical Approach to Economic Development (ISBN: 978-0-367-17361-6) in the Community Development - Current Issues series. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), Oxfordshire, England.
Michael was the department's first community economics program leader from 2004–2010, when he served as supervisor, coach and convener for nine Extension educators.
Before joining Extension, Michael spent 10 years in local economic development positions with both urban nonprofit organizations and county governments. He also has experience in commercial banking, corporate finance and marketing.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Research Interest Keywords
- Business retention & expansion, BR&E, community economics, economic development, community engagement
- Business succession & transition
- Business Succession Planning
- economic development
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10/1/19 → 8/31/20
Project: Research project
1/2/14 → 4/15/14
Project: Research project
Professional Practice of Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E): Research Findings from Interviews with Economic Development Officials (EDOs) in MinnesotaDarger, M. P., Feb 15 2018, 32 p.
Research output: Working paper › Discussion paper
Business retention and expansion (BRE) today–research, application, and evaluation: Introduction to the special issueDarger, M., Barefield, A. & Hales, B. D., Mar 15 2017, In: Community Development. 48, 2, p. 160-169 10 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-review
Darger, M. P., Tuck, B. & Bennett, J. F., Mar 15 2017, In: Community Development. 48, 2, p. 207-224 18 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Understanding District 2 Manufacturers' Perspectives on Transportation: An Industry Cluster ApproachDouma, F., Bennett, J. F., Bhattacharyya, R. A., Bussiere, M., Darger, M. P., Munnich, L. W. & Schmit, M., Jun 2016, University of Minnesota. 85 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned reportOpen Access
Bhattacharyya, R. A. & Darger, M. P., 2015.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Poster › peer-review
BR&E Benchmarks - Sharing more than 20 years of BR&E interview data with the field of economic development
Darger, M. P. & Tremper, J., University of Minnesota Extension, Extension Center for Community Vitality, Dec 14 2015