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Originally published: 2013-04-01 10:31:01
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New Economy Summit at ASU April 4-7

A New Economy Summit will be held at Appalachian State University Thursday to Sunday, April 4-7, to explore local efforts and initiatives being made to transition the High Country to a just and sustainable economy.

The public is invited to attend all events, which feature addresses by political economist Gar Alperovitz, author of "What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution," and sociologist Juliet Schor, whose latest book is titled "Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth."

The New Economy Summit will facilitate networking among business owners, local nonprofit organizations and the campus community through workshops, panel discussions and information exchanges.

It is presented by a group of sustainable development and sociology students who received a competitive grant from the New Economics Institute in Massachusetts.

Alperovitz's keynote speech begins at 1 p.m. April 4 in Parkway Ballroom in ASU's Plemmons Student Union.

Information exchanges and workshops will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 4-5 in Plemmons Student Union, featuring more than 30 local businesses and nonprofit organizations.

The summit concludes with the Howard Street Exchange Pedestrian Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 7, featuring local small businesses, local artists, local food and live music. Free parking is available off Rivers Street in ASU's Raley parking lot.

A High Country Food Tour runs throughout the summit, allowing patrons to submit receipts from participating restaurants for entry into a prize basket drawing.

A list of participating restaurants is available at