Success Stories

  1. Types
    1. Business
    2. Community
    3. Individual
  2. Themes
    1. Accelerate Collaboration
    2. Act Local First
    3. Co-Create Policy
    4. Cultivate Connection
    5. Prioritize Equity
    6. Regenerate Soil & Nature
    7. Share Ownership
    8. Shift Capital
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Each of these stories demonstrate one or more of the 8 strategies of our Local Economy Framework in action. Learn how localists are creating positive change — personally, in their businesses, and in their communities.

  1. Cincinnati’s MORTAR Turns Peer Network Support into $600k Raise

    Derrick Braziel used his first BALLE Fellowship immersion to seek wisdom, advice, and encouragement from peers and elders leading into a big meeting with the City of Cincinnati. He and the MORTAR team went home with funding for their incubator – and a new co-working space.

  2. Charleston Co-working Space Creates Community… and Profits

    Local Works, a co-working space in Charleston run by Lowcountry Local First and BALLE Fellow Jamey Haley, has helped 42 entrepreneurs grow their local businesses and generate $16 million in revenue before reaching year two of the space, creating a strong community of entrepreneurs in the process.

  3. Downtown, Hometown: Relationships Revitalize Albuquerque

    The local food, arts and culture businesses of Albuquerque are beginning to come alive with the innovative efforts of BALLE Local Economy Fellow Eric Griego and partnerships with his non-profit organization, local foundations, academic institutions and the city.