The Localist

I am interested in creating healthy local economic ecosystems where local business  and communities thrive. I write about local business and reframing economic development from the local, state and national perspective.

Institutional racism: Making space for others

Institutional racism: Making space for others

Like many, I’ve been taking a close look at race both introspectively and as institutional racism. It’s been illuminating. I believe that, in this time, given the upheaval that triggered prolonged protests, no one should be exempt from self-examination. I implore all...

Taking back capitalism

Taking back capitalism

The pandemic has brought out the best and the worst of us. Or as my father used to say about Louisiana politics, both cream and scum rise to the top. I hope, in the long run, that this is good. We currently exist in an infrastructure of greed. But we can change that....

Return to normal? No thanks.

Return to normal? No thanks.

We are all anxious to leave this pandemic-ridden world and return to some form of normalcy. The community of friends and commerce where our everyday encounters provide both necessities and connectivity beckons. In our home-bound minds, it was a near perfect world. Or...

An open letter to landlords from local business

An open letter to landlords from local business

Dear Landlord, We’ve been in this mutually-beneficial relationship for a long time, perhaps decades. It’s been good for both of us. We’ve had a place to grow successful local businesses and you’ve made a nice profit. Now our businesses have an illness called a...

The new economy could actually be better for local business

The new economy could actually be better for local business

I know. It’s not feeling better right now but hear me out. This pandemic is forcing local business to learn new skills, find new ways of doing business and reallocate resources. The present is very painful but could ultimately lead us to a better future. A word about...

The power of local in difficult times

The power of local in difficult times

These are difficult times. We all know it. But our strength lies in each other. I had intended to write about our recent event, The Power of Local. But little did I realize that I would be viewing the Power of Local through a different lens. After the cancellation of...

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