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Globally Recognized Community Economics Expert To Host Workshop at Rural Business and Innovation Summit

  • On September 18th, 2015, globally recognized community economics expert Michael H. Shuman will host a full-day workshop titled “Local Investment 101.” Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur. Shuman has authored or coauthored eight books.  His most recent book, published by Chelsea Green, is Local Dollars, Local Sense:  How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity. His previous book, The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition (Berrett-Koehler, 2006), received as bronze prize from the Independent Publishers Association for best business book of 2006.Shuman’s workshop is part of the inaugural Rural Business and Innovation Summit on September 16th through the 18th at Klamath Community College. His workshop will explore the expanding universe of local investment opportunities. Participants will learn a fundamentally new way of thinking about their world, their community, and their world. The workshop will include lecture, small group activities, and interaction.

A prolific speaker, Shuman has given an average of more than one invited talk per week, mostly to local governments and universities, for 30 years—in 47 states and eight countries.  He has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, such as the Lehrer News Hour and NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” and NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

Shuman has written nearly one hundred published articles for such periodicals as New York Times,Washington Post, Nation, Weekly Standard, Foreign Policy, Parade, and The Chronicle on Philanthropy.  In 1980 he won First Prize in the Rabinowitch Essay Competition of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on “How to Prevent Nuclear War.”

Shuman received an A.B. with distinction in economics and international relations from Stanford University in 1979 and a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1982.  Between 1987 and 1990 he was a W.K. Kellogg National Leadership Fellow.  He is also a member of both the State Bar of California and the District of Columbia Bar.

The Summit is hosted by the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce. Startups, entrepreneurs, corporate business leaders, accelerators, and investors will come together to exchange ideas, share experiences, and discover best practices that provide a competitive edge and lead to thriving business in rural areas.   The Summit will inspire entrepreneurs to accelerate innovation, cultivate a successful business ecosystem within their communities, and take advantage of opportunities for growth. Other Speakers at the Rural Business and Innovation Summit include:

  • Allen Alley, CEO of The Alley Group
  • Steven Kauffman, co-author of The Garbageman’s Guide to Life: How to Get Out of the Dumps
  • Ainoura Oussenbec, Workforce Analyst with Oregon Employment Department
  • Damon Runberg, Central Oregon Regional Economist with the Oregon Employment Department
  • Amy Pearl, Founder and Executive Director of HATCH Innovation
  • Ruth Miles, Small Business Advocate with the Secretary of State
  • Rosetta Shaw, Sustainable Valley Technology Group

Tickets for the Summit are on sale now and can be purchased through the Chamber’s website at or by calling (541) 884-5193. Tickets are $99 for Chamber members, $149 for non-Chamber members. The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce is extending the special Chamber member pricing for those who are members of any Chamber.