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CEI Profile in Green Money Journal

This article, "CEI: Mastering the Heavy Lift of Rural Economic Development," profiles CEI, a highly successful rural CDFI (community development finance institution)…

Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center (BBTCAC) - Crowdfunding

The wonderful women of the Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center (BBTCAC), Sulynn Creswell, Judy Martin and Kristin Law, are at it again. They have…

Thoughts about the WealthWorks Framework: Building Relationships with Investors

Every so often I find myself thinking about the Wealth Works framework in new or expanded ways. I would like to share these thoughts with the Wealth…

2014 NACo Annual Conference Daily - writeup of Melissa's July 2014 Presentation

I'm looking forward to the full NACo County News writeup of the 2014 Annual Conference, but in the meantime I was delighted to read a writeup of several sessions in their Conference Daily - including…

USDA AMS releases "Food Value Chains: Creating Shared Value to Enhance Marketing Success"

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has just released a new report: “Food Value Chains: Creating Shared Value to Enhance…

Bringing the Alabama Black Belt and Western North Carolina Together for an Arts Tourism Learning Journey

I recently returned from an amazing learning journey which brought Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center in the Alabama Black Belt to Western North…

Arlene Jones of SPROUT MN on the WealthWorks Training

The WealthWorks framework articulates the importance of the value proposition for all forms of capital. Applying the mapping of value chains within the scope of the current resilient region work will…

Cheryal Lee Hills of Region Five Development Commission on the WealthWorks Training

Our focus was on learning success indicators and benchmarking measures that would help us evaluate our establishing regional value chains, and while that outcome was not promoted or maybe even intended…

George M. Okantey of Purdue University Extension on the WealthWorks Training

I think the most powerful statement is this-- a new way of doing economic development that connects a community's assets to market demand, for lasting livelihoods. The WealthWorks approach brought three…

WealthWorks Presentation at the 21st Annual Conference on the Adirondacks

I began my work in the Adirondacks as a graduate student at Cornell University, over 30 years ago.  Recently I presented WealthWorks: A Wealth Creation Approach to Community & Economic Development at…

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