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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 18, 2017

Tech Startup Allows Communities to Support Local Businesses – Episode 20 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/tech-startup-local-businesses-episode-20-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

This week in Building Local Power, we’re discussing independent businesses and the communities that support them. Host Christopher Mitchell and ILSR co-director and Community-Scaled Economies initiative director Stacy Mitchell interview Katrina Scotto di Carlo from Portland, Oregon. di Carlo is the co-founder of Supportland (now called Placemaker), which work to bolster independent businesses by offering new marketing and technological solutions.

Katrina Scotto di Carlo started Supportland and Placemaker as tech companies aimed at bolstering the power of independent businesses not only in Portland but now in British Columbia (Canada), Florida, and Massachusetts. Placemaker knits the independent businesses of these communities together, in order for them to better retain and gain customers in the face of big-box retail and online platforms such as Amazon.

Full transcript is available here.

“[Independent businesses] keep more money local. There’s more local character because we have all these funky businesses [that] also increase the amount of choice that you have when you go to purchase something,” says di Carlo of the power of independent businesses. “[These] ancillary studies are interesting, like the overall health of everyone in the community is better.”

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 20, 2017

New York City Works With Grassroots for Low-Income Access – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 254

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/new-york-city-works-with-grassroots-for-low-income-access-community-broadband-bits-podcast-254/

This is episode 254 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast! Community Broadband Bits is a short weekly audio show featuring interviews with people building community networks or otherwise involved with Internet policy. Some time ago, when speaking with Joshua Breitbart, the Senior Advisor for Broadband to the New York City CTO Miguel Gamiño, he mentioned to… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on May 9, 2017

Watch: How Cities Can Create a Built Environment Where Local Businesses Thrive

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/watch-how-cities-can-create-a-built-environment-where-local-businesses-thrive/

Cities are changing to become increasingly inhospitable to locally owned businesses. ILSR’s Olivia LaVecchia recently joined with policymakers and advocates at Hopeful Economics, a summit co-hosted by the City of Vancouver and Simon Fraser University, to explore the issue of rising commercial rents and a changing built environment. In this 20-minute talk, Olivia discusses what’s causing the problem, why it matters — and six policy strategies that cities are using to address it. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 11, 2017

Infographic: The Threat of Super-Preemption to US Cities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/infographic-the-threat-of-super-preemption-to-us-cities/

Preemption at the state and federal level threatens local telecommunications authority, as we’ve seen in about 20 states. When state laws usurp local governments’ ability to decide how they improve poor connectivity, they disregard an understanding of local affairs that is unique to each community. Some states are threatening to take preemption another damaging step… Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 5, 2017

Press Release: Maryland Governor Hogan Signs ILSR-led Bipartisan Bills to Advance Composting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-maryland-governor-hogan-signs-ilsr-led-bipartisan-bills-to-advance-composting/

Maryland to Explore a Decentralized Composting Infrastructure Governor Hogan Signs Two Bills – HB171/SB99 & HB1349 – to Advance Food Waste Recovery and Ensure Compostable Plastics Meet Standards Contact: Nick Stumo-Langer 612-844-1330 stumolanger@ilsr.org ANNAPOLIS, MD – On Thursday, May 4th, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed two bills to advance composting in Maryland. One will bolster… Continue reading