Michael Darger has directed the University of Minnesota Extension’s Business Retention and Expansion Strategies Program since 1999. Previously he served in economic development positions in both inner city neighborhoods and an exurban county.
Michael has helped lead award-winning business outreach programs in Hugo, Lyon County, St. Paul's Midway-University neighborhood, the City of Faribault, and Swift County, Minnesota as well as in Saskatchewan, Canada.
He also teaches a course on Business Retention and Expansion in Your Community that is designed for city and county professionals and their stakeholders.
Michael is the president of the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) and has an MBA from the University of Michigan.
For fun and restoration he likes to bike-commute, hit tennis balls, cross-country ski, and paddle the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.