2013 SustainBlaine Economic Summit - Tuesday, October 8th

SustainBlaine is pleased to announce its second annual Economic Summit on Tuesday October 8, 2013 at Sun Valley Resort to address a variety of local, regional and national economic issues. The program will begin at 9:00 am and conclude with a no-host cocktail hour giving you to the opportunity to network with your peers and to gain further insight on issues pertaining to you or your business.  We anticipate an audience of approximately 200, consisting of representatives from the Sun Valley Region’s business, government and non-profit sectors as well as invited guests from the region, including Idaho Department of Commerce, regional economic development agencies and the Governor’s office.

Informed by increasing global recognition that straight economic analysis and data provide an incomplete picture of the health and vitality of a region and its citizens, this year’s theme will be Beyond GDP: Investing for Quality of Place.

Our keynote speaker, Michael H. Shuman, is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and is one of the world's leading experts on community economics.  Shuman is director of research for Cutting Edge Capital, director of research and economic development at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), and a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute. He has authored, coauthored, or edited eight books.  His most recent book is Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity. 

In order to more fully assess the overall welfare of our area, we have secured speakers and panelists to address four pillars that affect Quality of Place: Economy & Infrastructure; Recreation & Environment; Transportation & Mobility; Social & Cultural.  Within each of these pillars, the following key questions will be examined in order to develop concrete action items from ideas and points born from the presentations and any ensuing discussion:

1) What are key measurements within each pillar?

2) What are we most proud of?

3) What are we currently working on?

4) What makes a difference to our economy and to our Quality of Place?

5) What’s missing as well as what can be eliminated?

As we have done in the past, we will use the popular interactive polling technology to provide instant and confidential feedback from the group giving the audience insight, knowledge and ideas as to how we can shape the future of our Valley.

The closing session will look at the four pillars as a whole, where we want to be as a community, how do we effectively incorporate this into our branding and messaging.



Harry Griffith

P.O. Box 4380 | Ketchum, Idaho 83340

Phone: 208-721-7847 | Email: Harry@SunValleyEconomy.org

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