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We have experts available to explain public policy details and provide a perspective not normally found in mainstream discussions.   If you have a general question or want to arrange an interview please contact Rebecca Toews in our Minneapolis office at rebecca@ilsr.org or call 612-808-0689

ILSR News Releases and Selected Media Coverage

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 22, 2014

Indie Biz Awards honor 10 in Portland – ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell Included!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/indie-biz-awards-honor-10-portland-ilsrs-stacy-mitchell-included/

Portland Press Herald, October 22, 2014 Nine independent Portland businesses and one of the founders of the buy local effort were honored Wednesday night at the annual Indie Biz Awards ceremony. Stacy Mitchell, one of the founders of the Portland Independent Business & Community Alliance, was honored with Portland Buy Local’s Beacon Award, honoring her… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 22, 2014

Wal-Mart Cheered, Jeered for Solar Power Efforts

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/wal-mart-cheered-jeered-solar-power-efforts/

Arkansas Business, October 22, 2014 No matter the situation the world’s largest retailer involves itself in, rest assured, it will be analyzed, critiqued and questioned to excruciating levels. The latest issue is solar power. Slate has a story on the Solar Energy Industries Association report on the top 25 corporations in terms of megawatts of… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 22, 2014

Report advocates keeping N.D. pharmacy law

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/report-advocates-keeping-n-d-pharmacy-law/

Bismarck Tribune, October 22, 2014 FARGO – A nonprofit research organization has released a report that concludes North Dakota’s pharmacy ownership law is good for pharmacy care in the state. “North Dakota’s superior pharmacy care is no accident but rather the result of a smart, forward-thinking policy choice,” said Stacy Mitchell, a co-author of the… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Oct 13, 2014

Correcting Community Fiber Fallacies: The Reality of Lafayette’s Gigabit Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/fiber-fallacies-lusfiber/

In just the last year the Lafayette Utility System (LUS) gigabit network has attracted 1300 high-tech jobs. Chairman Wheeler praises the network for doing what many communities hope to do, but cannot because of state laws limiting municipal broadband networks. Critics are desperate to discredit the network, using false statements and misinformation. The Reason Foundation released a paper by… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 30, 2014

The National Champion of Local Business

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/national-champion-local-business/

The Atlantic’s CityLab, September 26, 2014 The chichi clothing store Anthropologie has nearly 200 stores worldwide, and Stacy Mitchell thinks that’s plenty.  What has earned her ire in particular is the twee retailer’s pending arrival in Portland, Maine, where Mitchell grew up and now lives. This seaside city is often cited as one of America’s… Continue reading

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Featured filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 30, 2014

All Hands On Deck: Minnesota Local Government Models for Expanding Fiber Internet Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/all-hands-on-deck-mn/

Minneapolis, MN —In 2010 the Minnesota legislature set a goal: universal access to high speed broadband throughout the state by 2015. As 2015 approaches we know that large parts of Greater Minnesota will not achieve that goal, even as technological advances make the original benchmarks increasingly obsolete. But some Minnesota communities are significantly exceeding those… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Sep 24, 2014

REPORT: Advantage Local – Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/report-advantage-local-clean-energy-ownership-matters/

Solar and wind projects can mean big bucks for communities – but only if they keep them local! Why does ownership of renewable energy matter? Because the number of jobs and economic returns for communities are substantially higher when electricity generation from wind and sun can be captured by local hands. Read Full Advantage Local… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 24, 2014

REPORT RELEASED: Advantage Local – Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/report-advantage-local/

Solar and wind projects can mean big bucks for communities – but only if they keep them local! That’s a key takeaway from Advantage Local: Why Local Energy Ownership Matters, a new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). The report shows that local control and ownership of renewable energy gives towns and cities… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 6, 2014

Two Cities With Blazing Internet Speed Search for a Killer App

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/cities-blazing-internet-speed-search-killer-app/

The New York Times, September 6, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A team of computer programmers here set out to learn how many cute kitten photos can be downloaded in one second on their Internet network, one of the fastest in the country. The answer: 612. A trivial pursuit? Perhaps. But when your city has… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2014

Faster Internet? FCC Could Overturn State Bans on Cities’ Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/faster-internet-fcc-overturn-state-bans-cities-networks/

USA Today, August 1, 2014 Chattanooga, Tenn., is the unlikely poster child for fast, affordable high-speed Internet.  It’s the first city in the nation to offer all residents and businesses up to gigabit-per-second Internet — about 50 times faster than what the Federal Communications Commission says is the national average. But laws in 19 states… Continue reading