Toolkit for the New Economy

Community Investing Toolkit Cover squareEntrepreneurs, investors, and local communities all around the country are changing the “How We Invest” paradigm. Our hot off the presses “Invest Local” toolkit draws on the work of BALLE, the Slow Money movement, Local Investment Opportunities Networks, and many others to share their stories and serve as local inspiration and guidance for a Shenandoah Valley Invest Local movement.

These innovative programs are showing that existing Securities and Exchange Commission regulations, which have for many years restricted local investing in favor of mutual funds that invest in much larger, non-local corporations, can be responsibly and legally resolved to allow for a vibrant local investment culture.

These cross-country stories are full of inspiration, and exemplify some of the key principles found in the Slow Money movement:

“We must bring money back down to earth. There is such a thing as money that is too fast, companies that are too big, finance that is too complex…The 21st Century will be the era of nurture capital, built around principles of carrying capacity, care of the commons, sense of place and non-violence. We must learn to invest as if food, farms and fertility mattered. We must connect investors to the places where they live, creating vital relationships and new sources of capital for small food enterprises.”

We look forward to hearing your comments as you read and share Invest Locally: a toolkit for the new economy.

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