Policy & Best Practices
The SEDI Institute
The SEDI Institute recommends policy positions to SEDI Leadership for adoption, encourages robust discussion in all aspects of sustainable development including regional economic development, energy efficiency & renewable energy, regional food, natural resources and more.
The SEDI Institute also manages the Sustainable Community Indicators (SCIP) program. One of its major projects for 2013-2014 is local food. To that end, it is facilitating the efforts of regional agricultural and food organizations, growers, ranchers, and commercial food buyers to develop systems that will help ensure a greater level of local food production, safety and security while enhancing sustainable job creation and business development.
A SEDI White Paper
AUGUST 17, 2011
SEDI Board President Ron Hubert has written a new White Paper that outlines the major trends in our future economy and challenges our way of thinking about economic growth. Sustainable economic development is important to our region, now more than ever before.
A SEDI White Paper • July 6, 2010 • by Ron Hubert
SEPTEMBER 7, 2010
At the end of April 2010, after almost 5 years of service, SEDI held a retreat to focus on 1) how economic development conditions and the issues needing attention have changed since the organization’s founding, and 2) how SEDI can best deploy its resources given the current trends affecting economic development. Incoming President and Board Chairman Ron Hubert prepared a white paper in advance of the meeting to address these issues.
AUGUST 27, 2012
Developing a local capacity for processing local beef is the most direct avenue for building a sustainable agricultural sector for northern Arizona’s economy. Because beef production is a well-established business, the development of a processing capacity in northern Arizona is the surest way to create a value-added component to the existing agricultural economy.
JUNE 27, 2012
Regional success for the Verde Valley Agriculture Coalition
Team Leader of SEDI’s Regional Food Production and Security project, Jonathan Netsky discussed the obstacles and opportunities growers and food manufacturers have within our current food system. His experiences building his own business, Local Alternative Catering, based in Flagstaff, made him an ideal speaker at this 1st Verde Valley Food Forum held on June 19th in Cottonwood.