Wednesday, November 19 at 7 p.m.
Location: Medford Public Library 205 S. Central Avenue Medford, OR 97501
Description: Can we use retail as a catalyst for good community development? How can local governments avoid retail sprawl and build a vibrant local business economy? From innovative small-business initiatives to cutting-edge land-use policies, Mitchell offers communities concrete strategies that can create a more prosperous and sustainable future. Stacy Mitchell is a senior researcher with the New Rules Project, a program of the nonprofit Institute for Local Self-Reliance. A frequent speaker at conferences and public forums, she has advised numerous communities on strategies and policies to limit chain store proliferation and strengthen locally owned businesses. Her latest book, Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses, was described by author Bill McKibben as “the ultimate account of the single most important economic trend in our country.” This event is free and open to the public. To register, call Thrive at 488-7272. Sponsored by the Ashland Food Cooperative, THRIVE: The Rogue Initiative for a Vital Economy, 1000 Friends of Oregon and the Friends of Jackson County.
Contact: Wendy@thriveoregon.org 541-488-7272