Vital Communities Hosts Virtual Series About Community Investment

For grassroots investors and community groups

Press release

Vital Communities and The Local Crowd Monadnock will host an event series with community economist Michael Shuman called “Local Investment 101: How to Reboot the Region’s Economy After COVID-19.” This virtual series, designed to help grassroots investors and community groups develop practical, local investment strategies to fuel innovation and resilience in their community, takes place on March 4, 11, 18, and 25, from 5:30 to 7 PM.

Small businesses throughout Vermont and New Hampshire have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic and related shutdowns, as have the local economies that depend on them. One readily available solution — one that does not depend on government intervention— is to mobilize grassroots investment. Americans now have $56 trillion in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, pension funds, and insurance funds—nearly all of it invested in global corporations. Shuman will help participants develop a plan to move some of their investment dollars from Wall Street to Main Street.

The cost for the entire four-part series is $100. Scholarships are available upon request. Find more details and registration at

The Shuman workshop is part of a broader series this spring by Vital Communities titled “Put Your Money Where Your Life Is: Reclaiming Our Local Economy.” Learn more at:

About the Presenter

Michael Shuman is an author and leading visionary on community economics, serving as Director of Local Economy Programs for Neighborhood Associates Corporation and Adjunct Professor at Bard Business School in New York City. He is also a Senior Researcher for Council Fire and Local Analytics, where he performs economic-development analyses for states, local governments, and businesses around North America:

This four-part workshop is sponsored by Savings Bank of Walpole, Mascoma Bank, King Arthur Baking Company, Monadnock Food Co-op, Hanover Co-op Foods Stores, Green Energy Options, Norwich Solar Technologies, Valley News, The Keene Sentinel, and LaValley Building Supply.

For more information about the workshop, please contact Jen Risley at or 283-5401.

About Vital Communities

Vital Communities is a nonprofit organization cultivating the civic, environmental, and economic vitality of the Upper Valley. Their mission is to bring people together by bridging boundaries and engaging our whole community to create positive change:

About The Local Crowd Monadnock

The Local Crowd Monadnock is a community-based crowdfunding program helping start-up ventures, early-growth stage companies, and community-focused projects find access to capital: