Whatcom County spotlighted in documentary on sustainable job growth

A group of Bellingham and Whatcom County business are featured in a new film about sustainable American job creation premiering Wednesday, July 18, at the Pickford Film Center.

Fixing the Future,” a film hosted by journalist David Brancaccio, spotlights communities using innovative approaches to build economic prosperity.

In the movie, Brancaccio visits local sustainable businesses such as Lummi Island Wild, The Willows Inn and Wood Stone. Brancaccio shows how Whatcom County’s “relationship economy” has led Bellingham to maintain an unemployment rate below state and national averages.

The film premieres in more than 50 cities on July 18. It will be followed by an on-screen panel discussion featuring economic and environmental leaders such as Bill McKibben, Majora Carter and Mike Brady, as well as Brancaccio himself.

“This is a great chance to enjoy an inspiring film, learn what’s happening across the country to create sustainable local economies, and chat with other passionate and like-minded community members at the reception,” said Sara Southerland, outreach coordinator at Sustainable Connections, in a press release.

Sustainable Connections, which hosts the premiere event at the Pickford, is also featured in the film. The event is sponsored by Cascade Natural Gas Corp.

A pre-screening reception with light refreshments starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Pickford’s lobby. The film begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event cost $10.

The Pickford Film Center is located at 1312 Bay St., in downtown Bellingham.

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