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The Democracy Collaborative The Democracy Collaborative was established in 2000 to advance a new understanding of democracy for the 21st century and to promote new strategies and innovations in community development that enhance democratic life. Our goal is to change the prevailing paradigm of community economic development–and of the economy as a whole—in the United States toward a new emphasis and system.||

Policy Link PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works®.

New Economy Coalition The mission of the New Economy Coalition (formerly the New Economics Institute) is to build a New Economy that prioritizes the well-being of people and the planet. 

The International Society for Ecology and Culture - Promoting Locally Based Alternatives to the Global Consumer Culture The International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide. Our emphasis is on education for action: moving beyond single issues to look at the more fundamental influences that shape our lives.

On the Commons - The role of the commons today can be compared to the state of the environment in the 1960s. At that time, there was little talk about ecology or the Greening of anything. There was wide concern about air pollution, pesticides, litter, the loss of wilderness and more. Yet the phrase “environment”, did not become a household word until the first Earth Day—April 22, 1970...Bringing all these issues together under the banner of environmentalism highlighted the connections between what until then had been seen as separate concerns. In the same way, linking the numerous social, cultural and environmental concerns related to the commons would spark a powerful new wave of citizen activism to shape popular consciousness.

The Great Turning: Living Economies Forum - Imagine an economy in which life is valued more than money and power resides with ordinary people who care about one another, their community, and their natural environment. It is possible. Millions of people are living it into being. Our common future hangs in the balance. Discover more at the author of "The Great Turning," David Korten's online home

Transition US: Transition Towns - Transition US is a nonprofit organization that provides inspiration, encouragement, support, networking, and training for Transition Initiatives across the United States. We are working in close partnership with the Transition Network, a UK based organization that supports the international Transition Movement as a whole.

Local Harvest: Farmers Markets & More - The best organic food is what's grown closest to you. Use our website to find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies. Find local food blogs and more.

Sustainable Table celebrates local sustainable food, educates consumers on food-related issues and works to build community through food.

Reliable Prosperity  (a project of Ecotrust) On this site you will discover 57 elements for greater economic, social and environmental well-being. Together, these elements form a visual and conceptual framework that can be used by individuals, businesses, governments, and nonprofits to seed innovation and inspiration.

Smart Growth America - Smart Growth America advocates for people who want to live and work in great neighborhoods. We believe smart growth solutions support businesses and jobs, provide more options for how people get around and make it more affordable to live near work and the grocery store. Our coalition works with communities to fight sprawl and save money. We are making America’s neighborhoods great together.

Binghamton Neighborhood Project: The Binghamton Neighborhood Project (BNP) is a group of faculty and students from Binghamton University (BU) that works with community partners to improve the quality of life in our area. The most distinctive feature of the BNP is its scientific foundation. An explosion of basic scientific research relevant to the human condition has taken place over the last few decades, including an integration among disciplines that is ultimately rooted in evolutionary theory. This newly derived knowledge can provide new solutions to a wide range of practical problems. In fact, never before have basic and applied research contributed so strongly to each other.

BALLE:  At the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, BALLE [bawl-EE], our work is focused on creating real prosperity by connecting leaders, spreading solutions that work, and driving investment toward local economies.
VINES: Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, INC (VINES) is an organization committed to developing a sustainable and just community food system. We do this by bringing together diverse groups of people, with a focus on youth development, to establish community gardens, urban agriculture and community green spaces. We strive to develop and beautify urban sites and empower community members of all ages and abilities.

Food and Health Network:  FaHN is an eight-county coalition of diverse stakeholders working to build food-secure communities and a strong regional food system through collaboration. FaHN is an interdisciplinary, systematic, and regional approach to impact South Central NY’s food security.

Empire State Future  The Empire State Future Coalition consists of local, regional, state, and national organizations and companies dedicated to smart growth and sustainable development. Empire State Future and its Coalition support each other’s common missions reciprocally; together, we are building and binding a collective effort to move smart growth ahead in New York in leaps and bounds.


Small Business Development Center (Binghamton University) - The SBDC at Binghamton University is a comprehensive program to provide management and technical assistance to small businesses in a seven county area. Those counties served include: Broome, Cortland, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga and Tompkins counties.

Entrepreneurial Assistance Program at SUNY Broome - The Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) provides resources and assistance to entrepreneurial ventures through various types of services. We support these entrepreneurial ventures in all stages, from start-ups to existing community businesses wishing to expand.
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