Tweet Local(ist)

A friend asked, so I threw together a quick list of the local commerce, local economy, economic inclusion, and town and urban planning accounts that I follow on Twitter. In no particular order, here they are. 

Orange County Chamber of Commerce
Orange County Chamber Building Business and Community Together. Buy Local. Think Stewart First. [Editor's note: I think that last sentence is a terrible idea. Think Orange's 20 towns and its cities, villages, census-designated areas, and hamlets before Stewart.]

Nicole Flatow
Editor of @CityLab at @TheAtlantic. Stories and justice for all.

New America
Think tank and civic enterprise renewing America in the digital age.

PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works. Equity=just and fair inclusion for all

Complete Communities
Highlighting the Complete Communities Toolbox, a resource for local governments and community leaders showcasing best practices througho…

The Congress for the New Urbanism helps create vibrant and walkable cities, towns, and neighborhoods. Cover photo: kai.bates on Flickr

Christopher Mitchell
Focusing on Community Broadband Networks (mostly fiber-optic) - the essential infrastructure communities need.

Jeff Speck
City planner, walkability advocate, writer, husband, father. Latest book: Walkable City:

Parksify is a podcast all about urban public spaces and their impacts on the communities and cities we live in. Founded by @AshBlankenship

Main Street America
Main Street America™ is a program of the National Main Street Center focused on preservation-based community revitalization.

A book, a a media site! Where financial innovation meets community #crowdfunding #neweconomy #inclusion #smallbiz

Michael H. Shuman
Michael H. Shuman makes the case for economic localization through books, articles, talks, blogs, and mischief.

Proj 4 Public Spaces
Project for Public Spaces - Global Platform for #Placemaking - Also @FutureOfPlaces, @WalkBikePlaces, @Public_Markets @Rural_Design

All things urban, from The Atlantic.

Advocates for Independent Business. A coalition of 10 national organizations working to ensure a vibrant future for locally owned, independent businesses.

Shift Your Shopping
A collaborative seasonal campaign by indie business advocates across North America. Choose local and independent!
Supporting local independent businesses, growing vibrant local economies & building strong local communities.

Main Street Alliance
MSA/MSA Action Fund is a national network of small biz coalitions that create opps for real small business owners to speak for themselves.

Invested Impact
Advancing social change through innovative philanthropy & impact investing. Helping philanthropists & social investors amplify the impact…

A multidisciplinary community creating experiences that connect people to place   

Independent We Stand
Inspiring small businesses to celebrate their local roots and helping consumers understand why it's important to support them.

The latest news from the Independent Community Bankers of America, the nation’s voice for community banks. #BankLocally #GoLocal

NAFCU is a direct membership association for federally-insured credit unions, providing them the best federal advocacy, education and complianc…

Sidewalk Labs
Working with cities to develop technology that solves big urban problems. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at the site.

Main St. Shops
If you believe in shopping local and the philosophy that the strength of Main Street will shape the future of our towns and cities, then please follow!

Institute for Local Self Reliance
Building Community and Strengthening Economies around the Nation. Contact @NStumoLanger ( for media inquiries.

Judy Wicks
Author, 'Good Morning Beautiful Business'; #locavore #sustainable #leadwithlove #locallivingeconomy #myimpactPHL; Advocate for nature…

Smart Growth America
Smart Growth America advocates for people who want to live and work in great neighborhoods. We are improving lives by improving communities.

NPR Cities Project
NPR explores cities in the 'urban century'

American Independent Business Alliance
Non-profit fiercely dedicated to helping independent businesses & communities thrive by helping people organize locally. American Independent Business…

Be A Localist
BALLE creates real prosperity by connecting leaders, spreading solutions and driving investment resulting in strong local economies.

Stacy Mitchell
Fighting monopolies & leveling the playing field for independent businesses. Latest report: Amazon's Stranglehold. Author of Big-Box Swindle. Co-direc…

Strong Towns
We advocate for a model of development that allows our #cities, towns and neighborhoods to grow financially strong and resilient.

ReThink Local
We’re co-creating a better Hudson Valley: vibrant, sustainable, locally rooted and human scale with equal concern for people, planet and profit. Localism!