Developing Wetzel County from the Inside Out: The Stimulus Road Not Taken (New Martinsville, WV)

Economist, attorney, and author Michael Shuman will speak to “Developing Wetzel County from the Inside Out: The Stimulus Road Not Taken,” on Thursday September 8, 2011. The event will be hosted at the Lincoln Theater on Main Street New Martinsville WV beginning at 6:00 PM. Thanks to a grant from the WV Development Office the Chamber is able to host this event at a reduced cost of $25.00. Call the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce at 304-455-3825 to purchase yours today. Seating is limited to 300.

The event intends to re-frame the current economic crisis as an opportunity to engage local communities into collective action. Concerned citizens and forward thinking professionals in business, government, and the not-for-profit sector are invited to attend and participate.

Drawing from his last book, “The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition,” Shuman will share the growing body of evidence that the best creators of new jobs are locally owned small businesses, which unfortunately have long been neglected by mainstream economic development.

He will show that these businesses are increasingly competitive and profitable. And will review a practical agenda for supporting these businesses with new forms of planning, with local purchasing and investment, and with smarter public policies.

"For years, economic developers have looked for new wealth from outside their communities and overlooked the huge opportunities in their own backyard”, said Shuman. “The localization movement encourages communities to take stock of these untapped resources. That's especially important, as today's economic downturn increases the pressure on every town and city to do more with less."

For more information about Small-Mart visit the Chambers’ website at