areas, especially those facing economic stagnation or slow growth, often find
that essential businesses such as grocery stores, restaurants, and coffee shops
that provide employment plus enhance social capital are threatened by market
declines. Some communities have turned to community supported business
(CSE) approaches where groups of residents invest in these establishments
through nonprofits, LLCs, or cooperatives in efforts to restart or retain the
businesses. This webinar examines lessons learned by rural communities in
Illinois, Vermont, and Wisconsin and asks whether a country store model that
has been especially successful in Vermont might be in the future of rural
areas, in the Midwest.
The webinar will discuss experiences with CSEs, organizational structures, and successes or limitations followed by a discussion of ways in which Extension and other groups could implement the concepts in their localities.
Walzer, Ph.D. Norman is a Senior Research Scholar in the Center
for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University. He is a
past-president of the Community Development Society and regularly contributes
to the community and economic development literature. In collaboration with
Michigan State University Extension and UW-Extension, he recently organized a
NCRCRD project that examined how community supported enterprises (CSEs) work
across the U.S. and their potential for building and enhancing social capital.
There is no registration and no fee for attending this webinar. To join the webinar(s) go to http://ncrcrd.adobeconnect.com/ncrcrd, “enter as a guest” is by default already chosen. Type your name into the text box provided, and click on “Enter Room”. You are now in the meeting room for the webinar. To facilitate Q&A’s, participants submit questions/comments via the Chat Function in Adobe Connect.
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