Town Printing their own Currency? Can Reno do this?

An interesting idea for interesting economic times…  The town of Berkshire, Massachusetts decided in the Fall of 2006 to start printing their own form of currency. Berkshire Inc., a local non-profit organization, teamed up with local businesses, banks, and other non-profits to launch Berkshares. This genius idea has created a sense of empowerment for the community & possible economic independence for  local businesses and merchants. Is it an option for Reno? We could call it “RenoBucks” , where the Buck stops here! Any thoughts? Check out the links below for more information in the BerkShare!


A good community, as we know, insures itself by trust, by good faith and good will, by mutual help, A good community, in other words, is a good local economy.

-Wendell Berry, from “Work of Local Culture”

-dubbed a “great economic experiment” by the New York Times


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