Economic Development as if People Mattered

Posted on May 22, 2015


Announcing a new webinar! This webinar will explore the creative economic development initiatives going on around the country that work to build worker-owned businesses and the local economy. Read more and register below.

Register for the June 23 webinar

Community Wealth Building
What if instead of giving subsidies and tax breaks to companies local governments gave that money to their citizens, or worked with local businesses to create jobs instead of bringing in an out of state employer. Several communities are doing just that and working to create jobs in their low income neighborhoods instead of giving incentives.
 

 
The idea is to empower local anchor institutions to use their purchasing strength to help create community-owned businesses or support existing local businesses. So instead of the Cleveland Clinic purchasing its supplies from the lowest bidder in the country it buys them from a local, worker-owned business, which creates jobs and allows that money to stay local.
We’ll be learning from Steve Dubb, the Research Director at the Democracy Collaborative about the efforts of Cleveland and other communities around the country. Join us:

Register for the webinar on June 23

 
Meet the Speaker
Steve DubbSteve Dubb is the Research Director at the Democracy Collaborative and has published several articles and reports on community development and wealth building. He has also been engaged in a wide range of project-based work, including the initial strategic planning for the Evergreen Cooperatives initiative in Cleveland, Ohio. Read more about Steve here.
Connect with the Democracy Collaborative: Facebook & Twitter.

Register

The webinar will take place at 12:00 pm PT (2 pm CT, 3 pm ET) on June 23rd. You can register for the webinar here: http://ecdev-people.eventbrite.com.

Supplemental Reading

I’m the co-founder and executive director of ELGL. I love my job. Other things I love: local government, my family, my dog Michael Jordan, sandwiches, naps, books, and skee-ball.

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