I organized a workshop a few months ago in collaboration w beahive - Community Stimulus: Local Currency + Barter Networks,' to gauge interest locally in this topic area.
I've been in regular communication with Amy Kirschner, (who spoke at the workshop) who runs the Vermont Sustainable Exchange, a b2b trade network there. we've been talking about the potential of having a Hudson Valley Exchange that would link with theirs. we've also been talking with people in other regions around the country who are also interested in forming this network.
A current example is the Smokey Mountain Hollers Company, a community-owned cooperative trade exchange that is just in the process of launching now in Western North Carolina. Check out their website to see more about how it works & their principles.
I'd like to form a working group (or join an existing one, if people are already working on this) and start having meetings and getting pledges from local / regional businesses who would operate on this exchange if it existed.
Please let me know if you're interested in joining this conversation!
(i'm also crossposting this as a discussion in the Community Barter Group until another mailing list is created.)