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Thursday, September 24 • 9:00am - 10:45am
Creating Conditions for a Successful and Uniquely Local Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

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In Belgium, beer is brewed without adding yeast. Rather, breweries set conditions that allow local yeast strains to enter the brew to work their distinctive magic. Embedded in this approach is a powerful concept that can also guide your community as you work to brew the next batch of businesses. This session will explore how to leverage local conditions and multiple sources of funding to work their distinctive magic as you work to create your next batch of local business. Panelists will discuss the strategies they’ve used to work the assets they have and marshal the resources at hand to help businesses (and the communities in which they’re located) start, grow and pivot.

Speakers
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Sarah Ashton

Board President, The Cambridge Valley Community Development and Preservation Partnership, Inc.
Sarah is the founding Board President of The Cambridge Valley Community Development and Preservation Partnership, Inc. which encourages and facilitates sustainable neighborhood planning and development in and around vibrant, rural Cambridge, New York by harnessing diverse community... Read More →
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Rich Grogan

Executive Director, Northern Border Regional Commission
Rich Grogan is currently the Executive Director of the Northern Border Regional Commission, a Federal-State partnership for economic and community development focused on communities in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. Prior to NBRC, Rich served as the Executive Director... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Lance Willard

Lance Willard

City Manager, City of Columbiana
Lance Willard has been the City Manager for the City of Columbiana, Ohio since 2013. He performs CEO duties for this city of 6,900 people, planning and directing the work of 8 departments (finance, electric, drinking water, wastewater, streets, EMS, fire, and police) and overseeing... Read More →
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Laura Oswald

Director Economic Development, Washington County, NY
Responsible for fostering positive economic growth within Washington County and promulgating the many attributes of the communities within the County. This includes Encouraging job creation and business development, assisting business expansion projects, managing tourism, and directing... Read More →
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Laurel Adams

President, REDC
Laurel Adams has been the President of REDC, a non-profit economic development agency and alternative lender serving Southern NH since 2009. Under her leadership REDC has tripled in size, and currently has more than ninety loans in the portfolio, and over 3000 jobs created and retained... Read More →


Thursday September 24, 2020 9:00am - 10:45am EDT
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