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Community Capitalism: Lessons from Kalamazoo and Beyond Hardcover – April 7, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1434381736 ISBN-10: 1434381730

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  • Hardcover: 111 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (April 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434381730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434381736
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,349,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay Tjepkema on July 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Ron Kitchens' Community Capitalism ecapsulates the magic that has been taking place in Kalamazoo for years. The book covers all of the major events and turning points that the area has worked through together to become the powerful talent-based community full of innovative, entrepreneurial people and organizations.

Community Capitalism presents an exceptional model for individuals, groups and organizations wondering what they can do to make a real difference in their communities. Don't just read this book alone; give copies to the leaders in your community, too, and make sure they read it with you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Meghan Decker on June 11, 2008
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Can a book on economic development also be a page-turner full of romance and heroism? Yes, in the case of Ron Kitchens' Community Capitalism. This book describes a new, synergistic approach to economic development, anchored by the success of Kalamazoo, Michigan's refusal to participate in the state and national recession. But it is so much more than that.

It is the love story of local business and civic leaders who embrace Ewing Kauffman's assertion that "The best social program in the world is a well-paying job with health care benefits and a retirement program."

Their passion for Kalamazoo is the motivating force in a combined effort to look to the future for a new approach to jobs in the region, in a conviction that the talent would come if the community is vibrant and infrastructure is in place (not roads, but wet labs), that availability of capital provides a fertile environment for growth , and that great educational opportunities lift the entire region.

Ron Kitchens and Kalamazoo have made bold plans and shown the audacity to move forward when naysayers claimed Michigan's greatness was past. This "how-to" book explains ways to duplicate Kalamazoo's success in other cities and regions. Community Capitalism is an intriguing read, but to a non-economist like me it is a story of hope fulfilled, vision realized, and love of community channeled into effective initiatives that change lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jo Asmus on June 26, 2008
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If I didn't already live and work in the Kalamazoo area, I'm pretty sure I'd want to after reading Ron Kitchens' book.

Even long-time residents of our community will fall in love with Kalamazoo after reading this inspiring book. Those who don't live here can learn about what it takes to make a flourishing community.

Community Capitalism shows us that Kalamazoo is a city with a history of refusing to give in to forces that are negatively affecting communities everywhere.

This book explains the elements that have come together to make Kalamazoo a truly remarkable place. Those components have created a "whole" community with foreward momentum and energy to help us grow and evolve far into the future.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric P. Canada on June 26, 2008
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People in Kalamazoo are drinking the cool aid. They believe they can make a difference in their part of the world. They are making a difference by thinking big and taking personal responsibility. No white knight. No call for government help. No big study. No wringing hands. Just real people stepping up and taking responsibility.

Leadership can make a difference. Community Capitalism by Ron Kitchens is an important reminder of the importance of community leadership.

Want to make a difference in your community? Buy a dozen copies of Community Capitalism and start passing them around town. Then, brew the coffee.
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