Gorge Local Economies Summit

This Friday is the first ever Gorge Local Economies Summit.  There are a host of inspiring local business owners (not sure how Dirt Hugger got on the list) who will provide some great insight into local economies and multiple return enterprises. See below for details from the event organizers, GO!

In a world that’s been “reset” by a sharp worldwide recession, unpredictable climate events, and the reality that big business is not the only answer for economic growth and job creation, the opportunities for small and local business have never been better.

The Gorge Local Economies Summit is 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.

At this one day conference, learn how some businesses are pushing the envelope to overcome these challenges, keep more money flowing in our local economy, and generating multiple returns for our community.

Date: Friday, May 13, 2011
Location: Pioneer Center, 501 NE Washington St., White Salmon, WA
Cost: We are not requiring admission for this event, but are suggesting a donation of $30 for GO! members, $40 for General Admission to cover costs of this event.

Time: Welcome/Registration: 8-8:30 a.m.
Program begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

Click Here to Get Tickets

Speakers Include:

We’ll start this one-day forum with a welcome from David Korten, co-founder and board chair of the Positive Futures Network, which publishes YES! A Journal of Positive Futures, founder and president of the People-Centered Development Forum, and a board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.Note, David will be joining us via Skype.
Our keynote will be delivered by Ann Kramer, President and founder of Good 4U Inc, a training, publishing and education service begun in 1992. She is a licensed professional counselor and author who currently maintains a private practice in Hood River. Ann was one of the initiating members of the Gorge Grown Food Network.

Irene Firmat, Founder and CEO of Full Sail Brewing Co.
Cheryl Stewart, Founder and CEO of Columbia Gorge Organics
Kristin Dahl, Manager, Sustainable Tourism Travel Oregon
Mahlon Vigesaa, President and CEO, Centerpointe Bank
Bruce Sorte, Oregon State University
Jared Gardner, Oregonians for a State Bank
Julie Davies O’Shea, Executive Director, Farmers Conservation Alliance
Pierce Louis, co-founder of Dirt Hugger
Katrina Scotto DiCarlo, Co-Founder of Supportland
Bryan Trullinger, Director of Operations, Slingshot Sports
Jim Smith, General Manager, Klickitat County PUD

Download the full agenda here.

Click Here to Get Tickets

Tickets are also available at Waucoma Bookstore 212 Oak St. in Hood River.


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Co-founder of Dirt Hugger
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