The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and EU would be the biggest free trade agreement in history. It is argued that linking the world’s two major economies would boost economies on both sides of the Atlantic whilst setting a new geopolitical line in the sand. It has however evoked strong debates across civil society, with non-government organizations, unions and local governments contending it could weaken the right to regulate, freely set adequate safety standards and weaken democracies. But what would be the impact on local economic development, the role of local government and the wellbeing of citizens? This workshop explores the concerns around TTIP and Trade Agreements and their effect on local government, making the point of view of local governments matter and the need of introducing the topic of building alternatives from local economic development in the on-going trade debate.