Watch: Policy Tools That Enable Local Businesses to Thrive

Date: 7 Sep 2016 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 other leaders discuss how, now, local businesses and activists across the country are working to change the rules to instead support community enterprises.… Read More

SandyNet Increases Speeds, Keeps Low Prices

Date: 23 Aug 2016 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 recent … Read More

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

Date: 12 Aug 2016 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 Before … Read More

Saluting ILSR’s 2016 Interns

Date: 11 Aug 2016 | posted in: Energy, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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, recycling, … Read More

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

Date: 20 Apr 2016 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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.… Read More

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 it … Read More

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