‘Complete Economy’ event in May

Thursday, April 13, 2017 7:12AM

Monadnock Buy Local will host “The Complete Economy Project: Cultivating a Local Economy That Works for All” Event with local economy researcher and author Stacy Mitchell on Thursday, May 4 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Antioch University New England in Keene. She will discuss effective strategies that communities around the country are using to grow local businesses and how public policy needs to change to create an economy that works for all.

Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ilsr.org), a national nonprofit organization that produces research and analysis, and partners with communities and policymakers to design and implement policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen local economies. Her book “Big-Box Swindle” appeared on several top-ten lists and was described by Bill McKibben as “the ultimate account of the single most important economic trend in our country.” She has also written for a wide range of publications, including Business Week, The Nation and Wall Street Journal, and has authored several influential reports. More about her work is available at ilsr.org/stacy-mitchell.

The Complete Economy Project supports the adoption of local policies that level the playing field for locally owned businesses in our region and spark innovative business models that contribute to our local living economy. It cultivates a regional economy that works for more people and balances the needs of diverse types of business.

“Cultivating locally owned businesses is one of the best strategies for creating jobs, reducing inequality and building a more resilient community. I’m excited to share our research and talk about ways that the Monadnock Region can apply this approach to economic development,” said Mitchell.

Event sponsors include Antioch University New England, Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, Monadnock Food Co-op, Monadnock Shopper News, Monadnock Sustainability Network, Southwest Region Planning Commission and Toadstool Bookshops. Funding for the Complete Economy project is provided by the New England Grassroots Environment Fund: www.grassrootsfund.org. Event details and registration can be found at monadnocklocal.org/completeeconomy or contact Jen Risley at jen@monadnocklocal.org or 399-7950.