Local economy-building dovetails with Neighborhood Associates' efforts to promote our core values of uplifting the Livelihoods of our allied communities and advancing Education, especially financial literacy. Many of the entrepreneurs we strengthen also touch upon our values of Housing and Green Living.
BUILD FROM THE GROUND UP
PROJECTS & SERVICES
Neighborhood Associates is developing new tools to nurture livability in affordable housing communities.
MD NEIGHBORHOOD EXCHANGE
Mobilizing small businesses in Baltimore to obtain critically needed capital from grassroots Maryland investors.
FRED'S LIST CONCEPT
A software package weaving together small businesses and entrepreneurs to grow a neighborhood economy
POST-COVID ECONOMIC RECOVERY WORKSHOP
A webinar on how to invest locally and support economic recovery post-covid with Self-Directed IRAs and Solo 401ks.
MEET THE LEAD
LOCAL ECONOMIES DIRECTOR
Neighborhood Associates' Local Economy Projects are being developed by economist Michael Shuman, who has written five books on how to create vibrant, sustainable local economy projects. His research has shown that the best economies are those that maximize jobs in locally owned businesses, maximize all cost-effective opportunities for self-reliance and resilience, promote businesses that embrace triple-bottom-line standards, and nurture entrepreneurial ecosystems. He is credited with being one of the architects of the 2012 JOBS Act and dozens of state laws overhauling securities regulation of crowdfunding. In addition to Neighborhood Associates, he is an Adjunct Professor at Bard Business School and a Senior Researcher for Council Fire and Local Analytics, where he performs economic-development analyses for states and local governments and businesses across North America. A prolific speaker, Michael has given an average of more than one invited talk per week, mostly to local governments and universities, for the past 30 years in nearly every U.S. state and more than a dozen countries.