Littleton’s ‘economic gardener’ to retire: Gibbons co-created program to help local businesses
By Peter Jones
Chris Gibbons, Littleton’s longtime director of Business/Industry Affairs and co-founder of its touted Economic Gardening program, will retire at the end of June after a quarter century of leading the city’s economic-development efforts.
“It has been a great privilege to have worked for Littleton for the past 25 years,” Gibbons said in his announcement last week. “Many of the clients of the Business/Industry Affairs department have become colleagues and good friends.”
Gibbons’s Economic Gardening program has been recognized worldwide for its effectiveness in creating jobs and increasing sales-tax revenue in Littleton. The idea of cities taking a proactive, nurturing role in local business was uncharted territory in the late 1980s when Gibbons first began talking