I am a reading a book of economics, I came across this phrase(Paraphrasing)

Due to the improvement in infrastructure in the city, the market is ripe with opportunities, which can be exploited by out of city businessmen.

Exploitation has negative connotation attached to it. Hence, could somebody recommend an alternative word/expression.

I looked up the thesaurus, and couldn't find any word that would make sense in this context.

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Thesaurus gives plenty, but it may be easier to use them in an active clause:

... which out-of-city businessmen can /take advantage of/capitalise on/benefit from/put to good use etc.

The use of passive voice with these phrasal verbs tends to be awkward, so it's best to use active.

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