Whether We Have Enough, Need Enough, or
Have Simply Just Had Enough
Enough is Enough
of National Politics Ignoring our
Leveraging Local Capital to Build and Sustain the Local Communities We Wish to Live In
In 2021 there were 19,502 incorporated places registered in the United States. 16,410 had a population under 10,000 while, in contrast, only 10 cities had a population of one million or more. Suffice it to say, almost nothing is more idealized in the American imagination than small-town America. When asked where they would prefer to live, 40 percent of Americans reported that they would prefer to live in a small town. Even though the recent trend has been a migration toward urban areas, certain aspects of COVID (remote working and the "Great Resignation") are leading people back to suburbia and beyond.
In order to ensure that our local communities remain vibrant and sustainable, we must leverage all of the forms of local capital that are available to us. Local capital goes way beyond just financial, as it includes intellectual, societal, and historic.
LOCAP was started in Charleston SC as an open source platform that showcases the best innovations that are dedicated to creating vibrant communities that are economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable for all residents. This means including all segments, sectors, and stakeholders within a community, in a manner where they work together, for the benefit of each other, so that they become more resilient and stronger than ever before.
LOCAP focuses on providing innovative platforms for the following community stakeholders:
All Community Residents
All Community Sectors (including the marginalized and disenfranchised)
Innovations on LOCAP platform can be licensed by both the private and public sectors, however, it is important to note that each one has been designed upon the platform of "Making A Profit While Making A Difference" as creating, increasing, and sustaining economic vibrancy in our local communities will be an essential part of ensuring their future.
Local Capital has been created to help local communities establish themselves as thriving place to live and work. As online shopping continues to grow, more and more local businesses are having to close their doors which has a negative economic impact on the communities they are in.
The move to remote working along with the great resignation, have resulted in an opportunity to jump start economic vibrancy in local communities. Local governments cannot provide the kind of services we would like unless there is economic vibrancy.
It is time to take back our communities because unless we support local, there will be no local.