President Neil Seldman of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance will be here on April 29th to discuss opportunities for small business start up, new green jobs and an expanded local tax base. Seldman is coming at the invitation of the Concerned Citizens of Gadsden County, Inc. The evening meeting (6 to 8 p.m.) will take place at the Multipurpose Center of the New Bethel AME Church located at 23209 Blue Star Hwy across from the hospital in Quincy, Florida.
Seldman is a national and international expert in resource management, working with citizen groups and small business groups interested in expanding recycling and composting as an alternative to incineration and landfilling of garbage. The Concerned Citizens of Gadsden County believe that that the information promoted by ILSR furthers our mission “to promote sustainable, self-reliant economic development for Gadsden County, Florida, that preserves residents’ quality of life, environment, and natural resources; and to oppose economic development that is contrary to these principles.”
The Institute for Local Self Reliance, based in Washington, DC, is a 35-year-old non-profit research and technical assistance organization focusing on the use of energy, agriculture, waste and retail policies that support sustainable local economic development. Details of ILSR’s work may be found at http://www.ilsr.org on the Internet.
Neil Seldman works on enterprise start up, financing and joint ventures between industry, community development groups and government agencies. He has worked for many cities and counties including Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Grand Forks, ND, Austin, TX, King County, WA, Hawaii County, HI, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; as well as numerous community development organizations and federal agencies. Most recently he has been working in Florida for the counties of St. Lucie and Alachua.
In Alachua County, Mr. Seldman is assisting with the development of a 40-acre Resource Recovery Park for recycling and composting. The project will create an estimated 200 direct jobs and help Alachua County meet a 75% diversion goal being considered by the Florida DEP and the Florida State Legislature.
All interested persons are encouraged to attend a Seldman workshop. All meeting are free and open to the public. For additional information please contact Concerned Citizens of Gadsden County, Inc. at biomess.net or 850-583-1017.