Michelle Long is the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Busi­ness Alliance for Local Liv­ing Economies (BALLE). Pre­vi­ous­ly Michelle was the found­ing exec­u­tive direc­tor of Sus­tain­able Con­nec­tions, an orga­ni­za­tion that prompt­ed NPR Mar­ket­place to call Belling­ham, WA, the epi­cen­ter of a new eco­nom­ic mod­el.” A reg­u­lar keynote speak­er, she is also the co-author of Local First: A How-to Guide. Michelle is an advi­sor to the Schu­mach­er Cen­ter for New Eco­nom­ics, was named one of the West Coast’s top five lead­ing ladies of sus­tain­abil­i­ty” by the Sus­tain­able Indus­tries Jour­nal, and in 2014 was named one of The Pur­pose Econ­o­my 100 for North America.
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The Incentive of Building Local