LASER provides community leaders and citizens with the step-by-step information they need to mobilize their community for sustainable economic renewal. Economic renewal enhances community well-being in an array of ways. It creates real jobs. It strengthens local businesses. It improves quality of life. This new approach fosters environmental integrity, social cohesion, good governance and equitable economic opportunity. Local Action for Sustainable Economic Renewal is a set of reference materials developed to help community leaders create vibrant and healthy local economies. They were compiled by the staff of Natural Capital Solutions, Global Community Initiatives, and America’s Development Foundation.