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Place-Based Currency Solutions with Chris Hewitt

Kingston Farmer’s Market

Kingston Farmer’s Market

Place-Based Currency Solutions

Chris Hewitt, executive director at the Hudson Valley Current, will discuss the six-year history of the Current—our local currency—and the exchange of over half a million Currents in our communities. We'll share stories about how the Current has helped to localize production, feed people in need, and nurture collaborations that are creating economic resilience in the Hudson Valley.




Chris Hewitt a social entrepreneur who has started a series of businesses, co-founded the Hudson Valley Current in 2013. The economic development nonprofit organization strives to keep money local, create vibrant Main Streets, and share the abundance that's all around us. With a mid-Hudson Valley based local currency—the Current—our communities work together to create strong connections, localized exchanges, and economic resilience. 

Hewitt launched Country Wisdom News in August 2010 as a monthly newspaper that combined age-old and modern thoughts on community, the land, and the home. Known today as Livelihood, the publication speaks to local economic initiatives and reaches over 20,000 readers each month. 

Chris studied Professional & Technical Communication at Rochester Institute of Technology with a focus on printing, publishing, and journalism. He loves the Hudson Valley, his garden and family in Kerhonkson, and his fun, innovative office in Kingston.