Speakers include Oren Teicher, Associate Director of the American Booksellers Association and an authority on what other communities are doing around the country to protect local retailers.
Place: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925
Date & Time: April 30, 2006, 1:00-5:00 pm
More Information: Contact Lisa Wilhelm
Topic: A Balanced Economy in Marin: What Restrictions Should be Placed on Big Box Stores?
1. What are the important benefits that independent retailers provide to the community in Marin County and elsewhere, such as recycling money into the local economy, meeting local consumer needs, providing a market for local products and supporting community initiatives?
2. What action can people take who want to bring about change in Marin County and develop sensible regulation of national chains and big-box retailers?
3. What other ways are there by which communities can support local retailers? Could community groups develop buy-local policies of their own?
4. Who should make the decisions that affect local retailing and community life? What role should community groups play?
5. What can local governments do to protect the community from national chainstore intrusions that threaten local businesses and community life, such as enacting ordinances requiring review of reatil projects?
6. What are the threats posed to independent retailers from national chainstores and big-box retailers?