From Steve B.:
Here are three people / organizations that are heavily involved in the dynamics of local economies through different lenses:
1) Michael Shuman: Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
2) Catherine Austin Fitts: Solari
3) Debra Rowe: University Leaders for a Sustainable Future
Also, I've copied Sam Rose on this note. His networks are extraordinarily rich about many subjects, including this one. Furthermore, he is a valued colleague on several projects we are doing related to local economies and local food systems. Anyway, he may have some ideas for you, as well.