Over the spring and summer, the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation met with businesses and economic development organizations to explore emerging market opportunities in the region (northern NH and surrounding communities in the US and Canada). The Tillotson Fund would like to continue and expand these conversations. The Tillotson Fund has invited Barbara Wyckoff to facilitate targeted focus groups to explore these economic opportunities more through an asset-based locally-led approach, gaining momentum in rural areas around the country, called Wealth Works this October.
You are invited to join for a day-long session exploring market opportunities in value added agriculture/small animal proteins (i.e. pig, sheep, goat, eggs, chicken, rabbit)on Tuesday, October 25th (Coaticook, Quebec) or Thursday, October 27th (Littleton, New Hampshire) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A light breakfast will be available at 9:00 and lunch will be provided.
WealthWorks is an approach to local and regional economic development that connects a community’s assets to meet market demand in ways that build livelihoods and prosperity that last. This approach supports business systems and entrepreneurship by connecting a broad spectrum of stakeholders, mapping value chains in response to demand, and collaboratively addressing gaps, opportunities and barriers that, once solved, “expand” the value chain.
Workshop objectives include:
• Learn about the WealthWorks approach
• Map specific value chains in value added agriculture/small animal proteins in the region
• Identify gaps, opportunities and next steps for problem-solving
• Share observations and cross connections between value chains
• Network and make connections in selected market opportunities
Our hope is that this approach will offer you and our region ways of seeing economic connections in a new light. The workshop should also identify problems and opportunities that, if addressed collaboratively, can improve the marketplace. We anticipate action steps will ultimately increase the region’s prosperity and strengthen your business or organization.
Please RSVP to Jean Clarke (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Wednesday, October 12th indicating your first choice of date and location. Exact meeting details and agenda will be provided once we receive your RSVP. If you are unable to attend, please feel encouraged to share this invitation with a colleague working within value added agriculture/small animal proteins. Space is limited. We hope you can join.