“I had found out in August that the little town that I had grown up in – Sunburst, Montana – submitted an application, unbeknownst to me,” said Bill Boltz, executive vice president of merchandise for Lowe’s.
Even with a smaller labor pool, Manger says Kalispell is a great place to recruit people from elsewhere. But they also find workers at Flathead Valley Community College, offer an internship program and focus heavily on a person’s attitude rather than a college degree.
As wonderful as these nonprofit projects are in creatively bringing together public funds, banks, and foundations, they could do more and do it faster if they opened themselves to capital from local investors.
In this visionary talk, Olguin Jr. introduces the work she’s done to uplift and empower people in her community in Fresno, California — and shows how it can be a model to elevate “underdog” communities across the world.