Andersonville Localism Summit

A community meeting about the future of Andersonville and its businesses

Thursday, February 18, 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Light refreshments at 6:30PM
Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark Street


Dozens of studies and examples from around the globe show that communities filled mostly with locally owned, independent businesses have greater community wealth, are more economically stable, have better levels of community engagement, score higher on happiness indexes, are more environmentally sustainable, and have a stronger sense of community identity and pride. Andersonville was an early adopter of Localist principles and is renowned as a model for other communities.

Join us for an engaging discussion about how and why Andersonville “went local” and how Andersonville can stay vibrant into the future. Our speakers will include outgoing Andersonville Chamber and Development Corporation Executive Director Ellen Shepard, the creator of Andersonville’s Localist strategies. We’re thrilled to be joined by another Localism pioneer, Elissa Hillary, Executive Director of Local First of West Michigan.

Small MartFirst thirty attendees receive a free copy of Michael Shuman’s book The Small-Mart Revolution!

The event is free but seats are limited. Please RSVP to