February Local Economy Leaders in the News

Every month we track the news generated by BALLE’s Local Economy Fellows and members of the Community Foundation Circle and Local Economy Investors Circle. Coverage tracked includes major news outlets mentioning their work, local media featuring them innovators, and guest blogs or stories written by these leaders that relate to their work as Localists.

Since you last heard from us:

Local Economy Fellows

Brooklyn Magazine named James Johnson-Piett one of the 100 “Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture.”

Jose Corona was profiled by Urban Innovation Exchange, with a focus on his work in the Oakland mayor’s office.

Neighborhood Economics wrote about an initiative that they are undertaking with Jessica Norwood to create wealth in African-American communities.

Vicki Pozzebon‘s article on Local Food initiatives was published in Philanthropy Journal News.

Derek Long and Sustainable Connections were included in a Bellingham Herald story detailing efforts across Bellingham to save energy or move to renewable resources.

Kimber Lanning was featured in articles in the Phoenix Business Journal, AZ Business Magazine, KPHO/KTVK, and KTAR News, which highlighted Localism, the success of Local First Arizona, and the results of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s annual Independent Business Survey.

Elissa Hillary‘s Local First West Michigan was featured along with BALLE in Vision Monday magazine (page 42); the story recognized Local First’s efforts to provide tools and resources to small businesses.

Local Economy Investor Circle

SEE Change Magazine profiled Carol Newell, whose place-based impact investing leadership allowed New Society Publishers to transition to employee ownership.


BALLE co-founder Judy Wicks was featured in Generocity for her work developing a community funding mechanism for low-income social entrepreneurs.