Complete Economy Project
The Complete Economy Project supports the adoption of policies that level the playing field for locally owned businesses in our region and spark business models that contribute to our local living economy. This project includes an innovative effort to re-frame local economy policy work into a movement in our region and beyond.
With the success of “Complete Streets” in our region, we hope to adapt this framework into a “Complete Economy” movement. Complete Streets, an evidence-based program of Smart Growth America, advocates for policies and practices that ensure streets are safe for people of all ages and abilities. Inspired by this mission, the Complete Economy Project cultivates a regional economy that works for all people and balances the needs of diverse business types.
"What we really need to do is change the underlying policies that shape our economy," states Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. "We can't do that through the sum of our individual behavior in the marketplace. We can only do it by exercising our collective power as citizens."
Nine Policies for Cultivating a Complete Economy
Major activities for this project include/included:
Funding for the Complete Economy Project was provided by the New England Grassroots Environment Fund.
About the New England Grassroots Environment Fund
The New England Grassroots Environment Fund energizes and nurtures long-term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe and sustainable communities using stories, tools and dollars to fuel local activism and social change. Since 1996, the Grassroots Fund’s core grantmaking program continues to fund nearly 150 grants annually, giving more than $4 million in 20 years to initiatives by better than 1,700 community groups covering more than 60 percent of New England’s cities and towns.
Complete Economy Event
Part 1 (Intro)
Part 2 (Policies)
Part 3 (Q&A)
Complete Economy Project Partners: