Believe our economy can work for all?
Love your community?
Support local businesses?
Looking for others like you?
“I stand for an economy that works for all of us – and I refuse to accept that “business as usual” is the best we can do. I believe my work and the way I engage in my community can be a reflection of who I am, what I love, and how I want to be in the world.”
Join the movement.
Entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers and philanthropists are joining people like you to create healthy, equitable local economies.
The Clean Money Revolution with Joel Solomon
BALLE Field Guide: The Future of Health is Local
Advancing Economic Equity in Jersey City
Small, independent businesses represent 51% of U.S. G.D.P. at $8.6 trillion, making them the world’s 3rd largest economy, behind the U.S. overall and China.
For every $100 spent at a local business approximately $67 stays in the community. When you shop at a big box store, just $32 out of $100 stays in the community.
Up to 90 percent of net new jobs in the U.S. are created by locally-owned businesses.
Think Local First DC envisions an interconnected community of locally-owned businesses who drive sustainable economic development in Washington DC.
Community Economic Development (CED) is action by people locally to create economic opportunities that improve social conditions, particularly for those who are most disadvantaged.
Chrystel Cornelius is empowering Native American communities by helping CDFIs to build wealth & economic independence among tribal communities across the U.S.
Ramón León catalyzes economic and community development in Minneapolis' Latino community.
Malik Yakini fosters food justice and food sovereignty in Detroit's African American Community.
The Social Enterprise Fund invests in launching and expanding social enterprises in Edmonton.
Lincoln Community Foundation is partnering with the city of Lincoln to create a mixed-use high-rise building in a low-income community.
Rhode Island Foundation is working on intentional impact investing and strategy.
Local Economy Investors
Mary Stranahan focuses on triple bottom line investments, leadership, rural economic development, and environmental policy issues.
Sallie Calhoun uses philanthropy and investment capital to create change in agriculture and communities by empowering women.
Charleston Co-working Space Creates Community... and Profits
Downtown, Hometown: Relationships Revitalize Albuquerque
Designing Across Disciplines: Regenerative Solutions in the American Black Belt
Stone Mountain, GA
Accelerating “Radical Doers” in Vancouver
How do you Act Local?
October 7, 2016
BALLE is one of the national partners on this RWJF Center for Health Policy convening, which will include national and local speakers on the relationship between local economic development and health.
Healthy Communities Forum: Social Determinants and Local Economic Development
September 2, 2016
August 11, 2016
September 8, 2016