Unleashing Local Living Economies: From Trickle-Down Problems to Bottom-Up Solutions


Location: Geddes Hall Coffee House (View on map )


Adam Gustine, D.Min., Director of Social Concerns Seminars, Center for Social Concerns


Anthony Flaccavento, Community Leader, Abingdon, Va.

Anthony Flaccavento is a farmer and rural development consultant from Abingdon, Virginia in the heart of the Appalachian Coalfields.  The Founder of Appalachian Sustainable Development, Flaccavento has focused most of his work over the past four decades on building healthier food systems and more diverse, locally rooted economies in Appalachia and around the world.  His consulting firm, SCALE, Inc, works with communities across the nation to evaluate, plan and build healthier farm and food systems and local economies.

Flaccavento is the author of Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up:  Harnessing Real World Experience for Transformative Change(link is external) (University Press of Kentucky, 2016).  He writes and speaks regularly on rural development, bottom up economics, overcoming the rural-urban divide and a range of political and cultural issues.  He has taught courses on these topics at Future Generations University, Emory & Henry College and community colleges.

Attend the Event

Registration is required - sent by invitation. If you are interested in being on the list, please email Dave Lassen at DLassen@nd.edu or Jackie Franco at Jfranco2@nd.edu. Due to limited space, registration is required by noon on September 16, 2021.