Inspiring leadership and action for an environmentally sustainable, socially equitable, and economically prosperous community.
The Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy held its sixth annual Smart Growth Symposium, Building a Prosperous and Livable Community, on Monday, September 20, 2010.
Keynote Presentation by Michael Shuman
Director for Research and Economic Development for the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
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An economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, Shuman is one of the nation’s leading experts on community economics and the advantages of small-scale businesses in an era of globalization. He has authored, coauthored, or edited seven books, including The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition (Berrett-Koehler, 2006) and Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in the Global Age (Free Press, 1998). He is currently completing three local-economy research projects for the McCune Foundation (on localizing New Mexico’s food system), for the Kellogg Foundation (on business subsidies), and for the Gates Foundations (on local food business models).
Overview of Sonoma County Economic Development Initiatives
Learn about existing initiatives to strengthen our local economy and create jobs.
Moderator: Danielle O’Leary, Economic Development Manager, City of Santa Rosa
Ben Stone, Director, Economic Development Board, County of Sonoma
Jonathan Coe, CEO, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce
Michael Newell, Executive Director, Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster
Laurie Decker, Economic Development Project Manager, Sonoma Economic Development Partnership
Case Studies: New Paradigms for Economic Vitality
Explore innovative approaches to economic development happening locally and across the country
Moderator: Kelley Rajala, Executive Director, Sonoma County GoLocal Cooperative
High Tech/Manufacturing: Doug Clark, CEO, Métier
Local Food and Wine: Tom Scott, General Manager, Oliver’s Market
Arts and Culture: Raissa de la Rosa, Economic Development Specialist, City of Santa Rosa
Tourism and Events: Rick Coates, EcoRing
Health Care: Nancy Oswald, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of the Redwood Community Health Coalition
Building a Prosperous and Livable Community: Next Steps
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