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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Apr 22, 2015

Beyond Utility 2.0: Part 1 “A Prelude to the Future”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/beyond-utility-2-0-part-1-prelude/

The U.S. electricity system is undergoing the biggest change in its 130-­year history. The scale of electricity generation is rapidly shrinking, from coal and nuclear power plants that can power a million homes to solar and wind power plants that power a few to a few hundred nearby homes. Electricity demand has leveled off, so… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 14, 2015

Can Other Cities Match Georgetown’s Low-Cost Switch to 100% Wind and Sun?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/can-other-cities-match-georgetowns-low-cost-switch-to-100-wind-and-sun/

This is probably not the first place you’ve read about Georgetown, TX, the town of 55,000 that will be getting the equivalent of 100% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2017. But few articles hit upon the two key reasons Georgetown was able to make this move when so many other cities with abundant… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 16, 2015

Mount Vernon Mayor: Local Authority Has Been Good For Our City

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/mount-vernon-mayor-local-authority-has-been-good-for-our-city/

As the time approached for FCC Commissioners to choose to allow Wilson and Chattanooga to serve surrounding communities, leaders from municipalities with publicly owned networks shared their experiences. Jill Boudreau, Mayor of Mount Vernon, Washington, published her community’s experience with their muni in GoSkagit.com.  As in the recent testimonial from Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller, Mayor Boudreau described how… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 3, 2015

Lafayette Congratulates Wilson; Offers Support After FCC Ruling

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/lafayette-congratulates-wilson-offers-support-after-fcc-ruling/

When the FCC announced its intention last week to neutralize the negative impacts of Tennessee and North Carolina anti-muni laws, celebrating reached far beyond Chattanooga and Wilson. In Lafayette, home to LUS Fiber, City-Parish President Joey Durel took time to write a supportive letter to Wilson’s Mayor Bruce Rose. We reproduce the text of that… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 26, 2015

Republican Tennessee Leader Endorses Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/republican-tennessee-leader-endorses-local-authority/

Republican State Senator Janice Bowling from Tennessee is once again speaking out in favor of local telecommunications authority. On Monday, she published an op-ed in the Tennessean titled “Don’t limit high-speed broadband to big cities,” noting that rural communities often have no choice but to build their own infrastructure to obtain fast, reliable, affordable Internet… Continue reading

filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2015

Customer Cooperatives

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/community-ownership-commercial-spaces/customer-cooperative/

One way that residents of a community can jointly capitalize a new local business is by starting a cooperative, a business that is owned by its member-customers, who provide the necessary capital in the form of member dues, govern the business democratically, and receive a share of any surplus or profits. Continue reading

filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2015

Commercial Community Land Trust

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/community-ownership-commercial-spaces/commercial-community-land-trust/

Community land trusts are best known for a pioneering approach to affordable housing, but some neighborhoods are exploring their commercial potential. Continue reading

filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2015

Community-owned Stores

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/community-ownership-commercial-spaces/community-owned-store/

Another approach to community ownership of commercial spaces is to create a community-owned store that is structured as a local stock corporation. There are at least a dozen examples of these around the country. One of the best-known is the Powell Mercantile in Powell, Wyoming. Founded in 2002, this profitable downtown department store is owned by about 800 local families who capitalized the business by buying shares priced at $500 each. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2015

Investment Cooperatives

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/community-ownership-commercial-spaces/investment-cooperatives/

In the vacuum left by traditional economic development and Wall Street’s approach to finance, investment cooperatives allow communities to put their capital to work in their local economy, catalyze the creation of new jobs, re-imagine their neighborhoods, and earn a return on their investment. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2015

Community Ownership of Commercial Spaces

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/community-ownership-commercial-spaces/

Community ownership of commercial spaces offers benefits that include new jobs in the neighborhood, strong incentives for people to shop locally, local sources for key goods, closer ties with neighbors, and in some cases, a return on investment. Continue reading