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Supporting local jobs in the Dyfi Valley
Communities in rural Wales have grown used to seeing jobs disappear under pressure from the globalised economy.
Now people in the Dyfi Valley are going back to basics in an attempt to change this pattern.
Communities First is putting on an evening to explore the power we all hold in our hands to create and support local jobs. It will be held in the Owain Glyndwr Institute in Machynlleth at 7pm on Thursday 30th March.
Organised by community regeneration group ecodyfi, the session will introduce several light-hearted techniques that the New Economics Foundation has developed. All too often, economic strategies are devised by 'professionals' or 'experts'.
They seldom live in the local area and are very often interested in diagnosing problems not coming up with solutions.
The Foundation offers a new approach to local economic development that gives control back to local people.
The trainer, Liz Bickerton, will help those attending to try out such things as the 'leaky bucket'. Think of our economy as a bucket.
Money flows in and a full bucket means that local people have enough money for a good quality of life. However, the bucket is a leaky bucket - money flows out.
As well as attracting more money (through investment, tourism revenue etc.), we can 'plug the leaks' by buying locally, adding value to local resources and so on.
While people are welcome to treat the event as a 'one-off' just out of interest, the organizers hope that some participants will want to use what they've learnt by going on to identify opportunities for local enterprise.
Ecodyfi's Manager, Andy Rowland, explained that Communities First and ecodyfi are both keen to turn talk into action: "By acting together we can change the way money flows through the local economy," he said, "helping local businesses expand and new ones to start."