This report is a grant application to the Office of Economic Development prepared by McClaughry Associates. The request is for $100,000 to conduct planning sessions. The application lays out a proposal for a community land trust in Albany, Georgia. Established in 1969, “New Communities, Inc.” sought to provide land, and thus an economic base, for black farmers in southwest Georgia. Bob Swann, Slater King, Faye Bennett, Charles Sherrod, and Andrew Young were all instrumental in developing this project which would become the first community land trust in the United States.
Robert (Bob) Swann was the founder of the E. F. Schumacher Society, now the Schumacher Center for a New Economics. In 1974 E. F. Schumacher asked Robert Swann to start a sister organization to his own Intermediate Technology Development Group, but it was not until 1980, when prompted by Resurgence editor Satish Kumar, that Swann organized the E. F. … Continued
John McClaughry is President of the Institute for Liberty and Community in Concord, Vermont; Vice-President of the Ethan Allen Institute; former board member and for 12 years chairman of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics; and former member of the Vermont House of Representatives and Vermont State Senate. Educated as a physicist and nuclear engineer, … Continued