Community Wealth Building: What Is It and Why Is It So Important?

Tue, March 17, 2015,
6:00pm to 9:00pm PDT
Olympia, Wash.
South Puget Sound Community College Student Union Building, 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512

Join Ted Howard, co-founder and executive director of the The Democracy Collaborative, to both learn about and discuss new ideas for the economic vitality of our community

Community wealth building is a fast growing economic development movement that strengthens communities through broader democratic ownership and control of business and jobs. It builds on local talents, capacities and institutions, rebuilding capital to strengthen and create locally owned family and community owned businesses that are anchored in place. When families possess assets — valuable skills, social networks, a home, some savings, an ownership stake in a business — they enjoy greater resilience. They can plan for their future, send a child to college and feel secure in retirement. If traditional economic development tends to be about attracting industry to a community, building wealth is about using under-utilized local assets to make a community more vibrant. It's about developing assets in such a way that the wealth stays local. And the aim is helping families and communities control their own economic destiny. 
Refreshments: 6:00-6:45pm 
Presentation: 7:00-9:00pm
Registration and more information
Questions:  Please call The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound at 360-705-3340 
Event Sponsors: The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, Enterprise for Equity, Asset Building Coalition for Thurston County, Northwest Cooperative, EDC of Thurston County