Community and Economic Development (CED) encompasses a wide range of undertakings designed to foster and build sustainable communities. CED can be defined broadly or very narrowly, but ultimately seeks to integrate social and economic development to bring about positive change within communities.
Actual community involvement is an important aspect of CED, as those living within a certain community are the ones most able to ascertain the needs and challenges they are facing. Development projects that aren’t community-focused most often sacrifice the well-being of the community for the sake of the bottom line. CED can be especially effective in low-income or working class communities that are commonly faced with social and economic justice and can be used to counteract the effects of large profit-making enterprises.
Ben Flavin believes strong local economies are the key to both local and national success. Only through the development of local entrepreneurs, not-for-profit organizations and artistic endeavors will the notion of community thrive in the modern world. Ben will work with you as you plan, grow and sustain your economically viable local business, no matter if your goal is to sell your product, express your art or tackle a serious social issue.
As an attorney, Ben can help to enable and empower your community group to achieve your specific goals—whether that means providing transactional work to form not-for-profits or obtain tax exempt status; counseling to help build and expand the capacity of organizations already established; or aiding in the preservation and creation of affordable housing.