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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on May 17, 2017

Listen: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell in conversation about Amazon

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/listen-msnbcs-chris-hayes-and-ilsrs-stacy-mitchell-in-conversation-about-amazon/

In this 45-minute discussion, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes talk about Amazon — including its power as an online platform, the importance of competition for a healthy economy, and the need for a public policy response to the company’s growing dominance. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 2, 2017

ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell Speaks with The Capitol Forum about Amazon’s Economic Effects

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/stacy-mitchell-speaks-with-the-capitol-forum-about-amazon/

ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell recently spoke about the economic impacts of Amazon in a conference call with editors and subscribers of The Capitol Forum, a news and analysis service for policymakers and others involved with issues of market competition. Here are some highlights from the conversation. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under General | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2016

Decentralizing Economic Power, Reinvigorating Democracy: ILSR’s Impact in 2016

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/2016-annual-report/

ILSR’s forward-thinking, bottom-up solutions have never been more needed.   Please help us expand our impact in 2017 by making a donation to ILSR. As we head into a turbulent era of government, the values and goals of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) remain steadfast. Every day we help communities tap into their own power… Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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