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CO-CREATING A BETTER HUDSON VALLEY

Local, sustainable food systems. Innovative independent businesses. Artisanal manufacturing. Vibrant arts and culture. Strong regional tourism based on all of that. Renewable energy. Green building. Independent media. Community capital. Health and wellness...Re>Think Local is a nonprofit collaborative of locally owned independent businesses, artists, farmers, and nonprofits working to co-create a better Hudson Valley: vibrant, sustainable, locally rooted and human scale, with equal concern for people, planet, and prosperity.

Through networking events, conferences and educational workshops, and region-wide research, promotion, and conversation, Re>Think Local seeks to:

1) strengthen locally owned independent businesses and help them improve their “triple bottom line” (social and environmental impact, as well as financial profit);

2) raise public awareness about localism and encourage residents and businesses to spend more on local independents; and

3) influence public policy in support of place-based, sustainable economic development, within a new economic paradigm: a global network of cooperatively interlinked local economies, providing prosperity for all.

Re>Think Local is part of a global movement to build a positive alternative to the outdated Wall Street-driven economic system that is failing our communities. It’s called localism, and it’s about much more than shopping local.

Across the world, localists are re-thinking how their local economy works, and collaborating in new and inventive ways to create healthy and sustainable communities, backed by local economies that are strong and resilient.

We believe that socially and environmentally responsible Hudson Valley residents who own a local independent business here have the power to make this vision a reality — by banding together, supporting one another, bringing sustainability into their businesses, and working collectively to drive a transition to a new economic model.

Re>Think Local exists to make this happen.

And by owners of a business, we mean all of us who run an enterprise here: retailers, farmers, artists & makers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, builders, service providers, restaurants, freelancers, nonprofits. All of us, together.

Re>Think Local is working to create real prosperity
in the Hudson Valley through:

ReThink = Community+ Education + Programs> COMMUNITY:  connecting values-aligned local independent business owners with one another to build a community of mutual support and collaboration;

> EDUCATION: on triple-bottom-line thinking, sustainable business models and
innovations, and successful solutions developed in other communities around the world; and

> PROGRAMS: our first initiatives are the Indie Impact Study and GO LOCAL Hudson Valley.

Our work will impact communities throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley, initially in Ulster, Dutchess, and Orange counties, and eventually Greene, Putnam and Sullivan.

Join us as we co-create a better Hudson Valley. Together we can harness our unique talents and resources to transition to a new economy and real prosperity, for all of us. Be a Re>Thinker.

BALLE HISTORY

Proud Member of BALLENationally, we’re affiliated with BALLE, the fastest-growing business alliance of values-aligned entrepreneurs, business networks and local economy funders in North America. Through them we’re connected to 30,000 innovators and 80 local business networks like ours.

BALLE was founded in 2001 by Judy Wicks, founder of the legendary White Dog Café in Philadelphia, and Laury Hammel, owner of the Boston Longfellow Health Clubs.

Judy and Laury met through their involvement with the Social Venture Network (SVN), a community of company founders, private investors, social entrepreneurs and influencers building a just and sustainable world through business.

Together, they and others recognized the need for a new organization, network, movement and vision to grow sustainable local economies, and soon BALLE was born.

Re>Think Local’s co-founder Ajax Greene was a part of those early discussions. Ajax connected with SVN friend and BALLE funder Bob Dandrew and pulled together a committed board in the spring of 2012 to start Re>Think Local.

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