New Town Big Dreams

Sustainable Growth and Community Revitalization with Storm Cunningham

June 18, 2021 Luke J. Menkes Kelowna BC Canada REALTOR® Real Estate Agent / Storm Cunningham Season 3 Episode 201
New Town Big Dreams
Sustainable Growth and Community Revitalization with Storm Cunningham
Show Notes

Storm Cunningham is Executive Director of RECONOMICS Institute: The Society of Revitalization & Resilience Professionals, which helps ensure that communities worldwide have certified Revitalization & Resilience Facilitators (RE Facilitators). Look for the “RE” after their names.

As editor of REVITALIZATION: The Journal of Economic & Environmental Resilience, Storm tracks the latest trends and techniques in urban/rural regeneration, natural resource restoration, and resilience worldwide.

Storm is the author of 2002’s The Restoration Economy, which has been hailed by government and business leaders around the world as “Extraordinary”, “Remarkable”, “A modern classic”, “A landmark work”, “Required reading”, and “The most important and valuable business book I have read in many years.”

His second book, reWealth, was published by McGraw-Hill in 2008. George Ochs, Director of Real Asset Investment at JP Morgan calls Storm “the world’s thought leader on community revitalization and natural resource restoration” and calls reWealth: “The secret weapon…for economic recovery at both local and global scales.”

Storm’s third book, RECONOMICS: The Path to Resilient Prosperity was published in both paperback and e-book form on January 9, 2020. It’s a guide for policymakers, real estate investors and social entrepreneurs.

From 2006-2009 Storm was Distinguished Visiting Professor at Seneca College (Canada’s largest college) in Toronto. From 1996 to 2002, he was Director, Strategic Initiatives at the Construction Specifications Institute, a 60+ year-old association of 14,000 architects, engineers, contractors, and manufacturers.

A former Green Beret SCUBA medic with the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group, he is an avid SCUBA diver, motorcyclist, and amateur herpetologist. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, USA.


  • What's the best way to help a community economically recover from the COVID-19 calamity?

  • What should I study if I want to help restore our planet for a living?

  • What are some of the most inspiring and dramatic stories of places coming back to life?

  • How can I refocus my current expertise to a local leader of community renewal?

  • What causes most community revitalization or resilience initiatives to fail?

  • What's the difference between a vision, a strategy and a plan?

  • How can we grow our local economy in a way that benefits low-income minorities and helps heal past injustices?

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