Speaking, writing and advocacy
Bring Ellen Shepard or one of our allies to your next conference, workshop, or media event, or invite Ellen to write an opinion piece. Topics for advocacy and education include:
Why Local Matters and How to Go Local. The latest data and strategies behind localizing your community’s economy. Can be tailored for policy makers, business networks, community groups, and business owners.
"Radical Inclusion" Community Engagement. Learn how to invite all of the voices in your community to be equal partners in determining the community’s future.
Your Unique Place. How to find and leverage your community’s unique identity through physical place-making, branding, and community engagement.
Business Association Excellence. Learn best practices for events that promote your community and raise money; member benefits, retention, and attraction; Business Improvement District programs and operations; collaborating with other community organizations; navigating the politics of board, staff and members.
"Hundreds of communities and practitioners have looked to Ellen to learn her game-changing approach to Localism and local economic development."
-- Sara Dinges, Executive Director,
Pittsburgh Strip District Neighbors
"Ellen has a talent for moving communities and organizations forward by combining an inspiring long-range vision with immediate, practical steps for making change."
-- Stacy Mitchell, Director, Institute for Local Self-Reliance