As publisher of Revitalization News, Storm is abreast of all the Good News worldwide related to urban regeneration, natural resource restoration,
and economic resilience.  His keynotes inspire optimism about our future, and show how to inspire it in our communities, students, or employees.
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Storm Cunningham Biography

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  • Author, The Restoration Economy (Berrett Koehler, 2002)
  • Author, reWealth (McGraw-Hill, 2008)
  • Author, RESILIENT PROSPERITY: Adaptive Leadership for Broken Times. (April 2016)
  • Author, PARADISE RENEWED: Discover the bliss of fixing our beautiful world. (April 2017)
  • Policy & Strategy Consultant for local & national government: Urban/regional revitalization, natural resource restoration, & economic resilience.
  • Publisher, Revitalization News Global journal of news, research, and original articles on urban/rural revitalization, environmental restoration, and economic/social resilience. Published twice monthly.

Storm Cunningham has been called “the world’s thought leader on community revitalization and natural resource restoration” by George L. Ochs, Managing Director, Global Real Assets, JP Morgan. Ochs calls Cunningham’s 2008 book, reWealth: “The secret weapon…for economic recovery at both local and global scales.” He works worldwide as a strategy and policy consultant to local, regional, and national governments.

Cunningham is the author of 2002’s The Restoration Economy, which has been hailed by government and business leaders around the world as “Extraordinary“, “Remarkable“, “A modern classic“, “A landmark work“, “Required reading“, and “The most important and valuable business book I have read in many years.

His second book, reWealth, was published by McGraw-Hill in 2008. The Foreword was written by legendary 4-term Indianapolis mayor Bill Hudnut, now a Senior Resident Fellow at the Urban Land Institute. Bill Leary, former Director of Natural Resources, White House Council on Environmental Quality, says of reWealth: “This is the book world leaders should be talking about! In reWealth they will find the path to revitalizing our economy, restoring our environment, and renewing the quality of our lives.

Storm’s third book, RESILIENT PROSPERITY: Adaptive Leadership for Broken Times. will be published in April of 2016. It is a guide for local governments, businesses, universities, and foundations.

His fourth book, PARADISE RENEWED: Discover the bliss of fixing our beautiful world., will be published in April of 2017. Learn how to join the young and old who revive nature, neighborhoods, and nations for pleasure, passion, or profit.

Storm also writes chapters for the books of other authors, most recently Project Management Circa 2025 on the future of the project management profession (Project Management Institute, 2009: hardcover, 519 pages) and Restorative Redevelopment of Devastated Ecocultural Landscapes (CRC Press, June 2010: hardcover, 430 pages).

Storm might be the only revitalization facilitator who addresses all aspects of renewal; natural and cultural resources, urban and rural communities, industrialized and lesser-developed countries, etc. On any given day, he might be working with educators, fishery biologists, city planners, agronomists, watershed managers, transportation engineers, environmentalists, economic development organizations, real estate developers, GIS software firms, project managers, mayors, ecosystem restorers, brownfields experts, historic preservationists, or catastrophe recovery agencies.

He is retained on a regular basis to speak or consult with federal agencies (such as Environment Canada), state/provincial governments, metropolitan areas & rural communities, and Fortune 500 companies. [Just two examples: The U.S. State Department (through the American Embassy in Warsaw) sponsored Storm’s Polish speaking tour (and series of meetings with mayors) in 2006. In November of 2007, Storm was a keynoter (as was Bill Clinton) the Ontario Economic Summit, an invitation-only event for the province’s most influential public and private leaders.] Storm also lectures at leading academic institutions worldwide on a regular basis.

Storm was contracted by the U.S. State Department to provide sustainability training for public leaders in dozens of countries. He was hired by the U.S. Embassy in Poland to train mayors and city leaders. He provided regional revitalization training for Danish government. He has done revitalization talks and workshops in Italy, Belgium, UK, Mexico, Canada, and more.

Storm Cunningham was—from 1996 to 2002—Director, Strategic Initiatives at the Construction Specifications Institute, a 50+ year-old association of 16,000 architects, engineers, contractors, and manufacturers. They provide training and certification for construction specifiers and document specialists, and their formats are the standard for quality commercial construction in the U.S., Canada, and several other countries. During this time, he was CSI’s staff liaison to the U.S. Green Building Council.

He was previously CEO of a small manufacturing company that developed aquaculture systems based on a pioneering water purification technology invented at the Smithsonian Institution.

A former Green Beret SCUBA medic with the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group, he is an avid SCUBA diver, motorcyclist, and amateur herpetologist. His passion for integrating economics and nature goes back to his undergraduate business major and biology minor at Windham College in Vermont. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Abbreviated Bio

Storm Cunningham is publisher of Revitalization News, the global journal of news, research, and original articles related to urban/rural revitalization, environmental restoration, and economic/social resilience. He works worldwide as a strategy and policy consultant to local, regional, and national governments.

Storm is the author of 2002’s The Restoration Economy, which has been hailed by government and business leaders around the world as “Extraordinary”, “Remarkable”, “A modern classic”, “A landmark work”, “Required reading”, and “The most important and valuable business book I have read in many years.”

His second book, reWealth, was published by McGraw-Hill in 2008. George Ochs, Director of Real Asset Investment at JP Morgan calls Storm “the world’s thought leader on community revitalization and natural resource restoration” and calls reWealth: “The secret weapon…for economic recovery at both local and global scales.”

Storm’s third book, RESILIENT PROSPERITY: Adaptive Leadership for Broken Times., is coming in April of 2016.
His fourth book, PARADISE RENEWED: Discover the Bliss of Fixing Our Beautiful World, is coming in April of 2017.

Storm Cunningham was—from 1996 to 2002—Director, Strategic Initiatives at the Construction Specifications Institute, a 50+ year-old association of 18,000 architects, engineers, contractors, and manufacturers.

A former Green Beret SCUBA medic with the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group, he is an avid SCUBA diver, motorcyclist, and amateur herpetologist. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, USA.

"Storm might be the only revitalization consultant who works worldwide on the urban, rural, social, heritage, and natural realms together."