Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

Ted Howard, Democracy Collaborative

Rather than allowing vast streams of money to leak out of the community or be captured by distant companies, local anchor institutions can agree to make their purchases locally.

Ted Howard is the executive director of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland and the Steven Minter Senior Fellow for Social Justice at the Cleveland Foundation. This paper draws in part on work previously published by the Democracy Collaborative and authored by Gar Alperovitz, Steve Dubb, and Ted Howard.

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