The ABC/LWV, partnering with Northland College's Center for Rural Communities and WITC, welcomed Sarah McKinley from the Democracy Collaborative in Washington D.C. for her presentation on June 22. McKinley spoke about "Innovative Ideas for Our Local Economy" and shared real world examples of successful and innovative community development from around the country.
McKinley works as the manager of community development programs for the DC based organization. She is the co-author with Marjorie Kelly of a report titled Community Wealth Building about how grassroots activism is forging a new economic agenda in local communities around the country - new business ownership models, utilizing anchor institution purchasing to deepen buying local, stimulating local investment funds, renewable energy initiatives.
McKinley's talk was followed by a response panel made up of experts from our local business and economic development community.
This talk is the second in a two-part series on community economic development. The event was funded by a grant from the Wirtanen Family Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.
Couldn't make it? View the video of the presentation and the Q&A session below. Visit our Current Local Study page to learn more about the work we're doing.