NC Local Economy Summit Nov 8-9, Pittsboro, NC

Please join us and help launch a statewide network of local economy proponents throughout NC.

North Carolina Local Economy Summit
November 8-9, 2012 in Pittsboro, NC

Thursday, Nov. 8th 6-8pm:  Pre-Summit ‘Buy Local’ Leaders Gathering
Angelina’s Kitchen 23 Rectory St. Pittsboro, NC

Come meet your fellow ‘Buy Local’ organizers, leaders, and supporters from across the state and be part of launching of a statewide network of NC Buy Local Campaigns. And, enjoy delicious, locally sourced, Greek food at Angelina’s Kitchen. Then join us as we explore the local music and bar scene in downtown Pittsboro!
Special Guest Speaker: Franzi Charen, Founder and Director of Asheville Grown, a powerful business alliance now entering their 5th year of promoting local purchasing.

Friday, November 9th 10am-4pm: NC Local Economy Summit
Oakleaf Restaurant, 480 Hillsboro St. Pittsboro, NC

9:30am: Registration and networking

10:00am: Welcome
Carol Peppe Hewitt, Co-founder and Director of Slow Money NC, and Shannon Johnson, Planning and Development, Cabarrus County

10:10am: Report on NC’s new network of Buy Local Campaigns
Amy Campbell, Sustain-A-Bull in Durham, Jennifer Martin, Shop Local Raleigh and Shannon Johnson, Think Cabarrus First in Cabarrus County

Steps to Building a Strong Local Economy:
For each of the following sectors, we will take a look at what is happening in the state today, identify common goals that would move that sector forward, and choose at least one action step we can take together to reach those goals. Sessions will be interactive, lively, and productive, so bring your knowledge, experience, ideas and enthusiasm.

10:30am: Feeding Ourselves: Building Resilience in Local Food Systems
Facilitator – Nancy Creamer, Director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS)

11:15am: Financing Ourselves – Accessing Community Capital
Facilitator- Carol Peppe Hewitt, Slow Money NC

12:00pm: Gourmet Local Lunch Oakleaf Restaurant

1:00pm: Fueling Ourselves – Localizing Energy
Facilitator – Lyle Estill, CEO, Piedmont Biofuels

1:45pm: Building Successful Government Partnerships
Facilitator – Shannon Johnson, Planning and Development, Cabarrus County

2:30pm: Arts and Entertainment as a Local Economy Driver
Facilitator – Beth Yerxa, Executive Director, Triangle Art Works

3:15pm: Social Enterprise as a Transformative Force for the New NC
Facilitator – Eric Henry, President, TS Designs

Pre-Registration Required. Contact Carol Peppe Hewitt to RSVP by November 8th, at 919-656-8889  to reserve your spot for this exciting event.

Additional Information:
The cost for Thursday evening’s activities is only your food and lodging (if necessary). Lodging can be found at several downtown B&B’s within walking distance from all events.

The cost for Friday’s seminar is $35. This includes a delicious gourmet local food lunch at Oakleaf Restaurant in Pittsboro (where the event is being held), as well as coffee, tea, and soft drinks available throughout the day.

This event has been organized using the collective efforts of several local
economy proponents from across North Carolina.

Please help spread the word to the many people you collaborate with who care about building strong and sustainable local economies in NC!

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