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New Local Economy Cohort Spotlights Rural and Indigenous Leaders

Locavesting Staff | March 20, 2018

The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) unveiled its latest group of Local Economy Fellows on Tuesday. The 25 new Fellows—representing BALLE’s fifth such cohort—are a diverse range of leaders tackling challenges in rural, indigenous, and second-tier urban communities across 16 American states and three Canadian provinces. The fellowships are awarded to systems entrepreneurs […]

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BALLE’s Rodney Foxworth Wants to Deepen Support For ‘Boundary Pushers’

Amy Cortese | February 21, 2018

The local economy movement is multi-faceted. But throughout its evolution, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies—BALLE for short—has been its spiritual center and guiding force. Seventeen years after it was founded to advance the ‘buy local’ and Main Street agenda, the nonprofit is entering a new phase. Under the leadership of Rodney Foxworth, a […]

Community Foundations Go All-In on Place-Based Investing

Sarah Trent | January 29, 2018

Two years ago, Baltimore Community Foundation was working to build race equity into its selection process for investment managers when a question was raised. “We asked, ‘Why are we not considering local impact investing that could specifically address race equity and lack of access to capital for communities that have been shut out of wealth […]

Reimagining B-School: At Etsy.org, Love & Community Top the Syllabus

Amy Cortese | March 31, 2016

Since its founding in 2005, Etsy has helped lead a revival in crafts and DIY culture, providing an alternative to soulless, mass manufactured goods. When the company, a B Corp., went public in 2015, it used some of the proceeds to endow a separate foundation, Etsy.org, to further its mission of “re-imagining commerce.” As the […]

Michael Shuman on Pollinators, Social Enterprise and Remaking Economic Development

Amy Cortese | January 9, 2016

Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, entrepreneur, and one of the world’s leading experts on community economics. (He is not, however, a famous rock drummer).  His eighth book, (we think, we’ve lost count) The Local Economy Solution: How Innovative Self-Financing “Pollinator” Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity, takes on the economic development profession […]

Building a Local Investing Ecosystem in The Great Lakes Region

Erin Pidot | August 10, 2015

Angela Barbash is the founder of ReConsider, a Ypsilanti, Michigan-based firm that is helping to catalyze local investing in the Great Lakes region. Since 2011, Barbash has been systematically identifying and tackling the obstacles that stand in the way of a regenerative economy—educating investors, businesses and political leaders on Michigan’s crowdfunding law, and creating ReValue, […]

In Phoenix, Land of Sprawl, a New Focus on Old Buildings And Local Entrepreneurs

Amy Cortese | June 26, 2015

Picture Phoenix, and an image of urban sprawl, gated communities and strip malls may come to mind. But lately, a new kind of development is taking root that emphasizes preservation, urban infill and local creativity. And it’s transforming Phoenix from poster child of sprawl into a model of adaptive reuse that is creating vibrant, walkable neighborhoods […]

Why We Need More Entrepreneurs of Color

Amy Cortese | November 4, 2014

Buy local. Support local business. These are the rallying cries that community-boosters use all the time. When you spend money at a local business, the theory goes, more of that money circulates in the community, supporting other local businesses as well as charities and boosting the local tax base. Except when it doesn’t. Maggie Anderson, […]