The SymCenter | Strategies for the New Economy
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The SymCenter is building a new economy with anchor institutions, triple bottom line development strategies, impact investment, crowdfunding, and more.  We provide advisory services to organizations of all sizes, from foundations and governments to small local community-based organizations. Contact us to explore how we might build a new economy together.
New Economy Systems Assessment
Work with us to assess the local community and economic development infrastructure as a whole to determine potential implementation strategies designed to support the expansion of a triple bottom line economy. These can include financing strategies around impact investing or crowdfunding, alternative business development support, and much more.
Broad Anchor Institution Engagement
Work with us to approach large area hospitals, universities, government entities, and others to leverage their assets to help revitalize the local economy via their purchasing power, investment capital, hiring practices, construction priorities, and more. We’ll design an engagement strategy, who should it bring to the table, and what are some potential opportunities other communities have seized upon.
Institutional Local Procurement
Every community should have a vibrant “buy local” program, including one that leverages the significant purchasing power of anchor institutions and other large employers. We can assist in engaging the large employers and building the support system required to create a robust buy local initiative whether it’s consumer to business, business to business, or anchor-institution based.
Supply Chain Gap Analysis & Business Development
Most communities have yet to engage their large employers to identify gaps in the supply chains that can translate into opportunities to create new local businesses. We specialize in analyzing institutional supply chains and the potential forms these new entities can take; cooperatives, social enterprises, and other triple bottom line businesses.
Atlee Pic NewAtlee McFellin is the Founder & Principal of The Symbiosis Center LLC where he specializes in the creation of innovative economic development strategies and programs. He is also the founder of Inge’s Place which is a development strategy being implemented for his family’s 15,000sqft building in his hometown of Battle Creek, MI with a co-work space called The BC Cohab on the second floor and a shared retail space called the Buy Local Market on the first. Atlee is also the founder of the SymGen New Economy Accelerator project, a combination news aggregator, social network, and soon to be crowdfunding platform meant to accelerator the transition to a new economy.

Prior to founding SymCenter, Atlee supported local community foundations, anchor institutions, financial institutions, community-based organizations, and others to create comprehensive strategies for cities around the country through the Democracy Collaborative based on the Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland, OH.  Before Atlee’s work on the Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland, he worked for the American Sustainable Business Council as its first Staff Associate.  He was also a strategy consultant to Green For All, a national green jobs organization, working on scaling up innovative developments in the green economy through public policy and investment. Before that, he focused on sustainable investing research and client services as an intern then researcher for Veris Wealth Partners, a registered investment advisory firm.

He was also the board co-chair of the New Economy Network where he coordinated its merger with the New Economics Institute and its transformation into the New Economy Coalition, a national coalition of think tanks and advocacy organizations. Atlee attended graduate school in political theory and economics at the New School for Social Research with a focus on U.S. political economy and the effects of neoliberal economic policies.