May-June 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.

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Local Economy Fellows

A number of newly announced 2016 BALLE Local Economy Fellows were recognized by local media for their being named to the Fellowship. Hal Bowling was acknowledged in an interview with Rodney Foxworth was featured in The Baltimore Sun and Bill Generett and Kristen Barker were lauded for joining the Fellowship by

Jamee Haley was selected to represent Charleston County as a South Carolina Ambassador for Economic Development, as reported by The Charleston Regional Business Journal

Wellspring Cooperative,co-directed by Emily Kawano, launched a Direct Public Offering (DPO) to raise funds for a new year-round greenhouse project in their community.

Alfa Demmellash‘s Rising Tide Capital and their annual Local Living Economies Summit was reported on by Business Innovation Factory via Medium.

YES! Magazine featured MORTAR, the Cincinnati-based organization co-founded by Derrick Braziel, and how they are advancing entrepreneurship in underserved and redeveloping communities in the face of gentrification.

Derrick and MORTAR also announced funding for the renovation and establishment of a co-working space in their Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. The announcement was covered by the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Jenice Contreras was interviewed by NBC News about her life and work as a Latina in Northeast Ohio.

Ada Smith penned an opinion piece in the Lexington Herald Leader about why Eastern Kentucky should focus on cultivating innovation to improve its local economy, rather than support the construction of a new federal prison.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland published a profile of Ada‘s organization, Appalshop.

Chancee Martorell co-authored a piece in the LA Daily News on how short term rentals are worsening the housing problem in Los Angeles.

Matt Stinchcomb, Executive Director of, was highlighted in a Wall Street Journal article about the unconventional business values taught by’s Good Work Institute.

Startup Canada recorded a podcast with Tonya Surman about how to build a caring economy.

The Public published a commentary written by Harper S.E. Bishop on the mass shooting in Orlando.

Anthony Flaccavento published a piece in The Nation imploring progressives to focus attention on rural communities.

Startup Southerner published a profile of Sara Day Evans and her local business accelerator, Accelerating Appalachia.


Local Economy Investors Circle

Fibershed published an article about Sallie Calhoun, Paicines Ranch, and the pursuit of truly sustainable textiles.

Kristin Hull was featured on Inside Philanthropy‘s list of “9 Powerful Gender Lens Investors in the Field” who are pushing the boundaries of gender lens investing.

Joel Solomon was profiled in the July/August print edition of BC Business (p. 64) in an article that recounts how he became a trailblazer in the impact investing world.