Gorge Local Economies Summit

Thanks to all who attended the Gorge Local Economies Summit!

Friday, May 13, 2011
Pioneer Center, White Salmon, WA

More than 120 people attended the Gorge Local Economies Summit, a one-day conference focused on local ownership and sustainability. This event was an opportunity to come together with other business owners, government leaders, community members and students to discuss many of the unique challenges—such as maintaining clientele during the off-season, connecting with businesses across geographic and state lines, accessing capital and expertise—as well as the unique opportunities available to businesses in our region. Both education and networking were a huge focus of the event (as you can see from the slideshow below).

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What People Are Saying:
“This conference was a refreshing opportunity to meet others in the area interested in the local economy and progressive solutions to current issues.” — Rachel Burand, Special Projects Coordinator, Port of Cascade Locks

“Super useful, interesting and eye-opening. [The conference] started a conversation that needs to continue and grow.” — Libby Taylor, Co-Owner, Hood River Vacation Rentals

“This conference brought businesses together, offered new perspectives and really created a sense of unity.” — Kelly Hopkins, Account Executive, Columbia Gorge Magazine

“Happy to see 100 people. Looking forward to a bigger event next year!” — Anonymous

News Coverage

Local Economies Summit on Friday gives multiple reasons to GO! - Hood River Biz Buzz,” May 12, 2011

Missed the event?

1. Read David Korten’s opening speech.

David Korten is co-founder and board chair of the Positive Futures Network, which publishes YES! A Journal of Positive Futures. He is founder and president of the People-Centered Development Forum, and a board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.

“BALLE and GO! are at the forefront of efforts to create a New Economy from the bottom up based on real markets and real democracy and consistent with the realities and opportunities of the 21st century.” — David Korten, May 13, 2011, Gorge Local Economies Summit.

2. Check out some of the presentations below.

Ann Kramer

Ann Kramer

Ann Kramer, “An Integrative Economy: Building the most vibrant economy ever imagined.”

Bruce Sorte

Click here to view the presentation.

Bruce Sorte, “Local Spending and Community Tending”

Click here to view the presentation.


Kristin Dahl
, “Doing Business in Place-Based Economies”

Click here to view the presentation.

3. Watch the video below of the opening presentations. Recording courtesy of We Media Project, a Hood River-based company that provides live HD webcast video production and promotional videos.

If you missed “The Economics of Happiness” on Thursday, May 12th, we still have the DVD and it’s available for screening. Let us know if you would like to show it in your community. There is a screening fee. Check out the trailer here.

Thanks to all of our speakers!

Irene Firmat

Karalee Chabotte, Business Development Officer/Assistant Vice President, CenterPointe Community Bank

Kristin Dahl, Manager, Sustainable Tourism Travel Oregon

Holly Dohrman, Power Supply Coordinator, Klickitat PUD

Irene Firmat, Founder and CEO of Full Sail Brewing Co.

Jared Gardner, Oregonians for a State Bank

Judy Kennedy, Community Liaison, Pacific Northwest Federal Credit Union

David Jackson, Business Development Team Manager, Energy Trust of Oregon

Mike Kern, Owner of EcoLaundry, Hood River

Pierce Louis, co-founder, Dirt Hugger

Eric Nerdin, Loan Officer, MCEDD

Julie O’Shea, Executive Director, Farmers Conservation Alliance

Tom Reid, Green Home Construction

Don Sampson, Director, Ecotrust’s Native Programs

Katrina Scotto DiCarlo, Co-Founder of Supportland

Stacey Shaw, RiverHours

Jim Smith, General Manager, Klickitat County PUD

Bruce Sorte, Oregon State University

Cheryl Stewart, Founder and CEO of Columbia Gorge Organics

Bryan Trullinger, Director of Operations, Slingshot

Thanks to all of our sponsors!