In order to minimize reliance on the debt-riddled US Dollar, local communities throughout the country have been developing local currencies. These currencies are based on the average hourly earnings of each region and are legally exchanged as cash.
The value of community currency is to increase the exchange of products and services that are produced in the Portland metropolitan region. The dollar that you spend at Home Depot goes to headquarters in Atlanta, while that money, spent at your local hardware store will stay in Portland, fostering community growth.
In addition, mature community currency programs focus on sustainability, zero-rate community development loans, and many other projects that are managed by members.
If you are interested in community currency and what it can do for Portland, drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts.