National drug chains squeeze local pharmacies out of business, while corporate downsizing ships jobs overseas. All across America, communities large and small are losing control of their economies to outside interests. "Going Local" shows how some cities and towns are fighting back. Refusing to be overcome by Wal-Marts and layoffs, they are taking over abandoned factories, switching to local produce and manufactured goods, and pushing banks to loan money to local citizens. Shuman details how dozens of communities are recapturing their own economies with these new strategies, investing not in outsiders but in locally owned businesses.
Introduction No Place Like Home The Perils of Mobility The Triumphs of Economists An Emerging Countermovement A Way Forward 1. Place Matters Bad People and Bad Civics The Science of Efficiency Free Trade vs. Community A New Economics of Place 2. Needs-Driven Industries Import Replacement Food Industries Energy Industries Natural-Resources Industries Materials Industries Beyond Necessities 3. Community Corporations A Taxonomy of American Business Engines of Self-Reliance New Models Empowerment Through Ownership 4. Financing the Future Bankers vs. Communities Community-Development Financial Institutions Unconventional Loans Locally Owned Equity Pension Reinvestment The Role of Public Policy 5. Pro-Community Local Governance The Virtues of Localism Local Reinvestment Local Purchasing Selective Privatization Local Hiring Local Taxes A Question of Power 6. Bringing Home Power, Not Bacon Real Home Rule A New Approach to Trade Rethinking Corporations Neighborhood Banking Community Lobbying 7. Making History Ten Steps Toward Community Self-Reliance The New Global Village The Lilliputian Strategy Appendix