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Distinguished Speaker Series: Democratizing Our Economy through Local Economic Innovation

October 19, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Much of the economic growth of the past three decades disproportionately benefited a small group at the top. This Distinguished Speaker Series focuses on developing a more equitable economy through place-based initiatives.  Inspired by What Then Must We Do? by Gar Alperovitz, each session will challenge the audience to develop new approaches to strengthen their communities.

The Center for Governmental Studies, within NIU’s Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development, and PASCAL Observatory are pleased to bring the following discussion to the community.  Click here to view the complete Speaker Series Flyer

Growing a Place-Based Economy

In the morning, Scott Struchen and his partners discuss how he developed Tangled Roots Brewing Company as well as a hops farm, microbrewery and restaurant in Ottawa, Illinois. Each celebrates local fare and capitalizes on regional assets.  Optional afternoon program from 1:30-3:00 discusses using Community Supported Enterprises to finance new businesses.

The series is free but registration is required. Attendance will be capped when venue is full.  Register at “Upcoming Events”



October 19, 2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Pat Inman


Northern Illinois University-Barsema Alumni & Visitors Center
231 N. Annie Glidden Road
DeKalb, IL 60115 United States
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