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Dear Editor:This past Thursday and Friday, economist, lawyer, and author Michael Shuman met with Carbondale and valley folks to educate us about how small local businesses can successfully compete in the global market and be the key to a strong, healthy and sustainable local economy. The turnout was awesome and there’s already much buzz about what steps come next.The Carbondale community really rallied to bring Michael here and the generosity of the following people enabled the event to actualize. Heartfelt thanks to the town of Carbondale, Craig and Jill Rathbun, Kay Brunnier, Gavin Brook/Land and Shelter, Colorado Mountain College/Carbondale, Sustainable Settings/Brook LeVan, Restaurant 689/Mark Fischer, Aspen Valley Land Trust/Martha Cochran, Tom Baker, Deb and Marc Bruell, Michael Hassig, Ed Cortez, SEI/Johnny Weiss, SolEnergy/Ken Olson, David Mork, Eugene Covello, Jeff Dickinson/Biospaces, Bart Weller, Will Evans, Rebecca Young, Healthy Mountain Communities/Colin Laird, Novel Tea Bookstore/Lori Hutchins, Carbondale Economic Localization, Dave Gardner/Visions West, Paul Vandry, Kay Philip, Ro Mead, Illene Pevec and three generous anonymous donors. Please forgive me if I’ve left anyone out!Laurie LoebCarbondale


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