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Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 7, 2016

Watch: Policy Tools That Enable Local Businesses to Thrive

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/watch-policy-tools-that-enable-local-businesses-to-thrive/

For too long, public policy has rigged the market to favor big corporations and undermine small, locally owned businesses, especially those launched by women and people of color. In this video of a panel session at the CommonBound conference, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell and others discuss how, now, local businesses and activists across the country are working to change the rules to instead support community enterprises. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 23, 2016

SandyNet Increases Speeds, Keeps Low Prices

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/sandynet-increases-speeds-keeps-low-prices/

This post was written by ILSR intern, Alex Dangel. On July 4th, Sandy, Oregon’s municipal fiber-optic network, SandyNet, permanently increased the speed of its entry-level Internet package from 100 Megabit per second (Mbps) to 300 Mbps at no additional cost to subscribers. The city announced the speed boost for its $39.95 per month tier in a… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 12, 2016

For Rural Pinetops, Being A Gigabit Community Means Business In North Carolina

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/for-rural-pinetops-being-a-gigabit-community-means-business-in-north-carolina/

Unless you live in a rural community, you probably assume becoming a Gigabit community is all about the miracles of speed. Speed is important, but so is Internet choice, reliable service, and respectful customer service. It’s also about being excited as you consider future economic opportunities for your rural town. Businesses Struggling With Old Services… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband, Energy, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 11, 2016

Saluting ILSR’s 2016 Interns

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/meet-the-interns_2016/

Each Summer, we invite interns to work with our team to help write articles, research projects, and produce multimedia content for our audiences. Here’s a look at the excellent work they’ve accomplished here and where their education and careers will take them next!   Waste-to-Wealth Jess Wachtler writes articles for the Waste-to-Wealth initiative about reuse,… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 22, 2016

Podcast: Stacy Mitchell on How Big-Box Retailers Undercut the American Middle Class

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/podcast-stacy-mitchell-on-how-big-box-retailers-undercut-the-american-middle-class/

Listen to ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell in a recent episode of the Strong Towns podcast, where she speaks about the origins of the big-box store, how the stores win public subsidies at the expense of communities, and the way they continue to undercut the American middle class. Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under General | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2016

Press Release: Skyrocketing Rents Threaten Independent Businesses, New Report Explores Solutions

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/affordable-space-press-release/

The cost of leasing commercial space is soaring in many cities, threatening the future of independent businesses, finds a report released today from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. The report examines what’s causing commercial rents to skyrocket and explores six broad policy strategies that elected officials and community leaders are proposing to address it. Continue reading

Photo: Stacy Mitchell presenting at Winter Institute 2016.
Featured Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 4, 2016

Watch: Stacy Mitchell Speaks on Amazon and Empty Storefronts

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/watch-stacy-mitchell-speaks-on-amazon-and-empty-storefronts/

ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell spoke about a strategy to rein in Amazon’s expanding market power in this presentation at the 2016 Winter Institute. The annual conference and educational event, hosted by the American Booksellers Association, was held in Denver on Jan. 25 and 26. Continue reading

Photo: Stacy Mitchell speaks at the 2016 Winter Institute.
Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 4, 2016

Watch: Stacy Mitchell Speaks on the New Localism

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/watch-stacy-mitchell-speaks-on-the-new-localism/

ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell spoke about policy to shape the next phase of the local economy movement in this presentation at the 2016 Winter Institute. The annual conference and educational event, hosted by the American Booksellers Association, was held in Denver on Jan. 25 and 26. Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under General | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 1, 2016

Common Dreams: With 269 Stores Closing, Is this the Beginning of the End for Walmart?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/269-walmart-stores-closing-ilsr-news-room/

Common Dreams, February 27, 2016 by Stacy Mitchell All great empires eventually fall. This is as true in retail as it is in geopolitics. Often the descent into oblivion takes decades. A&P, which was once such a formidable market power that it was the subject of antitrust hearings in Congress, began to falter in the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2016

Minnesota Report Underscores Potent Recycling Industry in the State

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/minnesota-report-underscores-potent-recycling-industry-in-the-state/

Amidst all the media talk about the failure of recycling, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency just released a report that underscores the viability and potency of recycling as an economic growth engine. As of the end of 2015, the state has created 60,000 jobs in traditional recycling and another 78,000 jobs in repair/reuse and fix… Continue reading