Join us for a conversation with Kennedy Smith, senior researcher at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) to discuss the benefits and challenges of diversifying a local economy. Smith will talk about factors that can threaten small independent businesses, and she will share policy tools that communities can leverage to establish a strong, equitable and independent local economy.
Kennedy is one of the nation’s foremost experts on commercial district revitalization, downtown economics, and independent business development. She co-founded the Community Land Use and Economics (CLUE) Group, a consulting firm that she co-founded in 2004. Her work focuses particular attention on cultivating locally owned businesses, creating dynamic retail development strategies, creating effective business and property development incentives, finding new uses for key historic buildings, and strengthening the organizational infrastructure needed to create vibrant town centers.
This conversation will be followed by a Q & A.
Free admission. Registration is required.
Seth Engelbourg, the Naturalist Educator and Program Manager at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation, will present on a multi-year, grant-funded ecological restoration project. LLNF was awarded a grant from the Robert F. Schumann Foundation to improve habitat for grassland and heathland bird populations by removing non-native invasive tree species and restoring native vegetation.
Seth will discuss the pre-management monitoring that was conducted this year as well as our overall goals for the lifespan of the project. Global avian population studies show that grassland-dependent birds are one of the groups in fastest decline. This project will examine whether we are able to help support these species on a local level by restoring their habitat.
In addition to this project, Seth develops and leads LLNF’s environmental education programs for people of all ages and backgrounds, including our Birding Field Trips. He also assists with LLNF’s research program, particularly with projects related to birds as his academic background includes experience with avian population monitoring.
Cosponsored with the Linda Loring Nature Foundation. The program is free admission, but registration is required.