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“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.”
Entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers and philanthropists are joining people like you to create healthy, equitable local economies.
What (and Who) Makes a Local Economy Ecosystem Work?
Community Engagement for Main Street Transformation
Accelerate Collaboration: Change Through Relationships
Three quarters of “economic development” dollars directly subsidize large corporations, leaving local, independent businesses behind.
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.
Executive Director, Humboldt Area Foundation
Local Economy Foundations
Local Economy Foundations, Summit 2016
Humboldt Area Foundation, represented by Patrick Cleary, promotes and encourages generosity, leadership, and inclusion to strengthen their communities.
Chief Program Officer, Arkansas Community Foundation
Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Community Foundation, represented by Sarah Kinser, engages people, connects resources, and inspires solutions to build community.
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.
Executive Director, First Nations Oweesta Corporation
BALLE Fellows, Summit 2016, Summit 2017
Chrystel Cornelius is empowering Native American communities by helping CDFIs to build wealth & economic independence among tribal communities across the U.S.
Founding President, CEO, Latino Economic Development Center
Ramón León catalyzes economic and community development in Minneapolis' Latino community.
Executive Director, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
Malik Yakini fosters food justice and food sovereignty in Detroit's African American Community.
Executive Director, Social Enterprise Fund
Local Economy Foundations
The Social Enterprise Fund, represented by Jane Bisbee, invests in launching and expanding social enterprises in Edmonton.
President, Lincoln Community Foundation
Lincoln Community Foundation, represented by Barbara Bartle, is partnering with the city of Lincoln to create a mixed-use high-rise building in a low-income community.
Senior Vice President of Strategy & Community Investments, Rhode Island Foundation
Rhode Island Foundation, represented by Jessica David, is working on intentional impact investing and strategy.
Principal, Good Works Ventures
Local Economy Investors
Local Economy Investors, Summit 2016
Mary Stranahan focuses on triple bottom line investments, leadership, rural economic development, and environmental policy issues.
President, Globetrotter Foundation
Local Economy Investors, Summit 2016, Summit 2017
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
Stone Mountain, GA
Designing Across Disciplines: Regenerative Solutions in the American Black Belt
Accelerating “Radical Doers” in Vancouver
Learn more about the work of Local Economy Leaders across North America
How do you Act Local?
June 22-24, 2018
St. Louis, MO
Over 700 people across the new economy movement will come together in St. Louis, MO for CommonBound 2018 to connect with one another, share our resources, and demonstrate our power in creating systems that truly meet the needs of our communities.
April 20, 2018
Thought Leadership From the Field