• Author will launch ‘New Economy Week’
     | October 02,2013

    RANDOLPH — A man described as one of the world’s leading community economists will speak in Randolph as part of Vermont’s New Economy Week.

    On Oct. 10, economist, attorney, author and entrepreneur Michael Shuman will talk about new strategies for strengthening the local business sector, fostering creativity and the arts, supporting healthy practices, and making everyone a valued member of an economically vibrant community, according to programming coordinator Chris Wood, director of the organization Building A Local Economy.

    Shuman’s most recent book, published by Chelsea Green, is “Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity.” His previous book, “The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition,” received a bronze prize from the Independent Publishers Association for best business book of 2006. He is a co-founder and research director with Cutting Edge Capital LLC.

    The program is free and begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Chandler Center for the Arts.

    The program also features Montpelier Director of Planning and Community Development Gwendolyn Hallsmith, author of “Creating Wealth: Growing Local Economies with Local Currencies.” A former Randolph town manager, Hallsmith is also helping to launch Vermonters for a New Economy, a coalition of organizations, businesses and individuals who are all working to create a new economy for the state.

    The Oct. 10 program will kick off Vermont’s New Economy Week with more than 40 programs taking place around the state through Oct. 20.

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