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BALLE Leaders #ChooseConnection

BALLE is proud to support our community of leaders who are doing the difficult, complex work of standing up to choose connection.

In uncertain times, those of us working to build healthy, equitable local economies focus our efforts where we know it matters most: choosing connection, both within our communities and with one another.

Leaders in our network are doing just that:

Anthony Flaccavento, author of Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up and Healthy Food Systems: A Tool Kit for building Value Chains, is going deeper into his work to bridge understanding among urban, suburban, and rural communities. He has worked for decades to create more resilient, nourishing food systems in rural southern Virginia while inviting localists everywhere to discover how to better support farmers, small businesses, and practitioners focused on sustainable rural economic development.

James Johnson-Piett (Urbane Development) is leading the redevelopment of a 277,700 square foot multi-use project that will deliver more than 30,000 square feet of retail, food, and maker spaces and 251 desperately needed affordable homes to the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. James’s connection to his community has fueled Urbane Development’s Bodega Bootcamps, which equips corner store owners, advocates, and funders to better understand how these vital contributors to the local economy can help combat obesity, create safer communities, and stimulate the broader small business sector.

Kimber Lanning, a longtime entrepreneur and advocate for local and regional economic development, has been central to increasing financial security for all in her native Arizona. Her team is working with anchor institutions and individuals in the greater Phoenix region to shift capital to community banks and credit unions, keeping more money in circulation to independent small businesses, and creating more sustainable, quality jobs.

BALLE is proud to support our community of leaders who are doing the difficult, complex work of standing up to choose connection.

If you’re interested in learning more about what it means to choose connection, sign up for our monthly Connection Circles, offering a brief “practice” along with a related “parable” of a business working in collaboration within their local ecosystem. We invite everyone to share examples on social media of what it looks like to #ChooseConnection.