SEDI runs a number of programs including Dollars for Dreams micro-lending, Green Drinks and the Green Business Network, Sustainable Community Indicators Project (SCIP) to assist public and private decision-makers in creating more sustainable and resilient communities, agri-jobs initiatives, and the educational outreach center. SEDI is represented on the boards of organizations such as the Flagstaff Unified School District Foundation, the Verde Valley Agriculture Coalition, the Market of Dreams, and the Yavapai College Dean's Advisory Committee for the Verde Valley and the Arizona Forward Healthy Forest Ecosystems committee.SEDI is doing more every day to make a difference. This difference is what creates new jobs and companies in Northern Arizona.
The creation of jobs which provide a livable wage and benefits and encourage an efficient work ethic is critical to a vibrant economy. New businesses allow for competition and innovation – key components of a healthy economic structure. In Arizona, this is challenged by the lacks of funds and mobility for small businesses.
But in the long run, business-friendliness makes a difference: one study found that states that rank better on indices of taxes, costs and regulations enjoy stronger job growth, after filtering out the influence of industry composition and the weather. Globally, countries that rank higher in the World Bank’s surveys of the ease of doing business grow faster. (The Economist)
SEDI, with the use of research in economic indicators, teacher awards for sustainable curricula, educational outreach, and its range of business services, is taking the steps necessary for business friendliness and sustainable economic growth. 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. With donations of time from talented individuals, or money which will be filtered back to benefit our community, every bit counts.
More information about SEDI and its mission can be found at: http://www.sedinaz.org/index.php/about/
Citation: "The Best and Worst States for Small Business." Economist 5 July 2014. Print.