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Atlee McFellin

Atlee McFellin is a Co-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 and President of Inge’s Place: The Space for Innovation; a 6,000sqft co-working space in his hometown of Battle Creek, MI fostering entrepreneurship and collaboration amongst small non-profits, microenterprises, and the creative community. Inge’s Place, named after his grandmother, is also the home of the BC New Economy Initiative, a loose network of organization working together to create economic opportunity for the local community. His writings can be found on,, CommonDreams, and especially his company at
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 based on the Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland, OH.  He is also on the Board of Directors of the New Economics Institute (soon to be New Economy Coalition), a national network of diverse organizations building a new economy from the ground up.
Prior to joining the board of the New Economics Institute, he was Board Co-Chair of the New Economy Network, designing a new program and merger with NEI. 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.  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.