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Strengthening Economies in the West: A Regional Forum for Coal-Reliant Communities

April 19 - April 21

Join the National Association of Counties and the NADO Research Foundation in Denver, Colorado for Strengthening Economies in the West, a free forum designed for coal-reliant counties and regions in Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming. This conference will bring together stakeholders from a variety of public and private sectors for an educational and interactive gathering to share best practices, lessons learned and new opportunities to support economic diversification. Prepare for a mix of plenary sessions and smaller group discussions covering

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1:00 PM

Scaling Small-Batch Food Production in Cities: Land Use Lessons from Incubator Kitchens and Manufacturers in Boston, DC, NYC

April 19 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

​Food production is an industry cluster that can thrive in every city; however, while many cities have sufficient shared kitchen space for nascent small-batch producers, many of them are unable to find affordable space once they’re ready to scale their business. As these businesses are ready to grow, we must identify best practices to help keep real estate accessible and affordable to keep small and growing food and beverage producers—and the jobs they create—in cities. This webinar from the Urban

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2:00 PM

The Place Value Economy: Growing Local Business through Economic Gardening

April 19 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

​Emerging from a program established 30 years ago in Littleton, Colorado, economic gardening has taken root as a powerful approach to support local economic development. Economic gardening focuses on “second stage” companies—those that are beyond the start-up phase—providing them tools and information to help reach new customers or expand into new markets. This Community Builders webinar will discuss the concepts, benefits, and strategies communities can use to strengthen businesses and highlight successful strategies for economic gardening in rural communities. Eligible

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