EDA University Center for
Regional Economic Innovation
Policies and Practices to Support Triple Bottom Line Development (2015)
Co-Learning Plan - 2015
Authors: Terry Link, Starting Now, LLC; Bill Stough, Sustainable Research Group
New profit and nonprofit enterprise models are capturing the imagination of innovative entrepreneurs to create a way to make a good living while addressing urgent environmental and social needs like quality food, community, inequality and climate change. Community economic development organizations should consider strategies to foster and grow these enterprises which provide additional community wealth. This orientation requires an approach that does not depend on attracting the largest international conglomerate possible, but on cultivating local entrepreneurial enterprises whose business model purposefully addresses improving community wealth and quality of life.
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