The SEDI Blog
A resilient economy finds its beginning in the social equity of its people. Their quality of life and education is of utmost importance. The difference can be made not only through SEDI, but also the people of Northern Arizona. Together, we can create a better community.The Sustainable Economic Development Initiative (SEDI) is a public, private partnership including leaders from business, education, and government who have come together to create a resilient, sustainable economy in Northern Arizona. Through the use of our business programs, we foster ecological and economic strength as well as social equity.
Numbers don't mean everything. An alternative and socially focused way to measure development is emerging in the field of economics: wellbeing. This wave of interest in new measures to evaluate economic development was sparked in part by the Kingdom of Bhutan, which contributed the idea of gross national happiness. Although having a high GDP is nice, wellbeing takes into account other factors that have an immediate effect on peoples' lives, such as levels of personal satisfaction.
We are seeing a booming demand across America for good food from family farmers but despite the tremendous growth in the number of farmers markets nationwide—they’ve grown by 250% from 1996 to 2011—direct markets accounted for just 0.4% of total U.S. agricultural sales in 2011. So, how can we transform our food system so that everyone has access to the most healthful, freshest food possible while also supporting family farmers?
There are programs across the United States that are committed to helping young potential entrepreneurs with creativity and inspiration get closer to achieving their goals of owning a business. Programs like CEO; a high school class offered to juniors and seniors who apply in Effingham County, Illinois, who are interested in running their own business to contribute to economic development and sustainability. Students, “take risks, manage the results, and learn from the outcomes.”