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March 19, 2014
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Economist and Author Michael H. Shuman Delivers 2014 John F. and Dianne S. Brennan Lecture at Green Mountain College

POULTNEY--Michael H. Shuman, economist, attorney, and author, will deliver the second annual 2014 John F. and Dianne S. Brennan Lecture on April 15, 2014 at 4 p.m. in the Gorge (Withey Hall) at Green Mountain College. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

Shuman’s lecture, titled "Local Investment: The New Key to Rural Revitalization in Vermont,” will look at the growing global movement towards local community investment through such strategies as crowdfunding, targeted CDs, local investment funds, and self-directed IRAs. Shuman will share specific strategies that small towns in Vermont can use to divert investment dollars from Wall Street to Main Street and thereby support the growth of local economies.

The topic resonates with Poultney2020, an ongoing collaboration between the town of Poultney and Green Mountain College. This initiative, articulated in GMC’s long-range strategic plan Sustainability2020, has brought together town volunteers and GMC faculty, staff and students to establish a new arts center (Stone Valley Arts), design a community park on Main Street, and develop a network of multi-use recreational trails within the next year.

Shuman, a leading expert in community economics, serves as director of Community Portals for Missions Markets, an organization that provides capital market support and technology solutions for socially responsible companies. He is a founding board member for Business Alliance for Local Living Economies and serves as a fellow at Cutting Edge Capital and the Post-Carbon Institute.

Shuman’s influential book, Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity and the award-winning The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Business Are Beating the Global Competition, articulate the important role of small businesses and local economies in the face of globalization.

Shuman received an A.B. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. He has authored or edited eight books, published hundreds of articles, and appeared on numerous television and radio shows throughout his career. In thirty years, the prolific speaker has addressed university and government audiences in 47 states and eight countries.

The John F. and Dianne S. Brennan Lecture, named for the college’s sixth president and his wife, is part of an entrepreneurship initiative that provides students with the business and economics tools and knowledge needed to effect positive change in local communities.

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