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Since the mid 1980s more than a dozen communities in Nebraska have carried out the Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) program that is outlined in this handbook. Without exception both the communities and the businesses involved have reported positive results. The BRE program is a stuctured, locally implemented, action oriented economic development project aimed at stimulating local economic development ard growth by helping existing business. This handbook is designed as a guide for community leaders planning to carry out a Business Retention and Expansion program. Due to variations in local needs and resources, communities are encouraged to customize these tools.