From “mom and pops” to “pop-ups”: Local development and the future of retail
12 July 2022 | 16:30 – 18:00 CET via Zoom
WHAT’S THE ISSUE?
Retail is an important part of local economic fabrics and helps give vitality and character to local communities. For some places, it is a significant part of local employment and tax bases, but these bases are being eroded. The pandemic has changed the fabric of many downtowns as a result of remote work. Simultaneously, many retailers are struggling because of e-commerce or just need to find new approaches to market their goods and services in order to survive. This webinar will address local development strategies for making local retail corridors, main streets and high streets thrive in these new realities.
Opening: Ambassador Jack Markell, U.S. Representative to the OECD
Moderator: Jeff Finkle, International expert on local economic development
Panel discussion: Local perspectives: economic developers, entrepreneurs, and retailers
Sydney Alison, Community Engagement Coordinator at Kendall Whittier Main Street, Oklahoma, United States
Richard Guiney, CEO Dublin Town
CJ Dippel, Senior Advisor on Retail for the City of Amsterdam
Hannah Wright, High Streets Task Force Board member, United Kingdom
Pino Di Ioia, CEO of BeaverTails, Canada
Norma Ramírez de Miess, Vice President of Revitalization Services, Main Street America, United States
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ABOUT THE EVENT
This webinar is part of a series of events to mark the 40th anniversary of the OECD Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED) Programme, including reflecting on the lessons learned from the past 40 years of the local development, and the direction that needs be taken for the future. LEED was created in 1982, when OECD governments were struggling to provide solutions to the jobs crisis of the day and saw a need for an international forum to share innovative approaches to local job creation, social inclusion and economic development. Since then, it has continued to bring together policy makers and practitioners from around the world to identify, evaluate and disseminate promising approaches to local development.