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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Apr 4, 2017

Local Governments Are Increasingly Buying from Amazon. Here’s Why They Need to Stop.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/local-governments-are-increasingly-buying-from-amazon-heres-why-they-need-to-stop/

From a small county in Montana to a nationwide purchasing group of more than 90,000 public agencies, local governments are increasingly turning to Amazon for their buying needs. When they do, though, citizens lose. Here’s why you should be concerned about this spreading trend — and 5 things you can do. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Feb 7, 2017

How Amazon Undermines Jobs, Wages, and Working Conditions (Fact Sheet)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/amazon-workers-fact-sheet/

ILSR and Jobs with Justice partnered to produce a fact sheet that looks at how Amazon is undermining wages and conditions for working people, and driving growing inequality. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 1, 2017

“Why Local Solutions?” Internet Access Fact Sheet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/why-local-solutions-internet-access-fact-sheet/

The next time you’re attending a city council meeting, attending a local broadband initiative, or just chatting with neighbors about better local connectivity, take a few copies of our Why Local Solutions? fact sheet. Our new one-pager addresses three main reasons why local telecommunications authority is so important: State and federal government won’t solve the… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2017

“More Than Just Facebook” Internet Connectivity Fact Sheet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/more-than-just-facebook-internet-connectivity-fact-sheet/

Our newest fact sheet, More than just Facebook, provides an overview on how Internet access and fast, affordable, reliable connectivity reaches most aspects of our lives. We provide statistics on economic development, education, and methods of delivering Internet access. This fact sheet is a good introductory tool that points out how we’ve Internet access is… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 16, 2017

Fact Sheet On Municipal Networks In Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fact-sheet-on-municipal-networks-in-virginia/

The latest addition to our list of fact sheets focuses on Virginia: Municipal Networks Deliver Local Benefits. We noticed that municipal networks in the “Mother of States” have spurred economic development, saved taxpayer dollars, and improved local connectivity. A number of local governments in Virginia that have invested in Internet network infrastructure have attracted Internet… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 5, 2016

Fact Sheet on Minnesota’s Rural Digital Divide

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fact-sheet-on-minnesotas-rural-digital-divide/

The fact sheet highlights the great work that Minnesota cooperatives and municipalities have done to bring fast, affordable, reliable Internet service to rural areas throughout the state. They’ve built many Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks, but there is still much work to do. One in 4 Minnesotans lives in a rural area, and of those rural households,… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 16, 2016

Fast, Affordable, Modern Broadband for North Carolina Fact Sheet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/clic-nc-modern-broadband-fact-sheet/

In North Carolina, state law effectively prohibits local communities from collaborating with neighbors or partnering to offer gigabit connectivity to residents, businesses, or anchor institutions. As a result, rural communities are unable to keep pace with the 21st century. The Coalition for Local Internet Choice North Carolina chapter (CLIC-NC) and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Nov 12, 2015

Before You Click on Amazon, Here’s Why Your Choice Matters (Infographic)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/before-you-click-infographic/

Amazon is rapidly expanding its online empire, but behind the conveniences that the company offers are a lot of hidden costs. We put together an infographic to see how shopping at Amazon compares with shopping at local businesses in its impact on jobs, taxes, the local economy, and community. Before you click, here’s why your choice matters: Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 22, 2015

5 Things Local Officials Need to Know About Amazon

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/5-things-local-officials-need-to-know-about-amazon/

Amazon is on a building spree, and many local officials are eager to bring one of its giant fulfillment centers to their own backyard. They are so eager, in fact, that some have resorted to offering the company lavish tax breaks and other public assistance. Between 2012 and 2014, Amazon picked up $431 million in local tax incentives to finance its warehouse expansion. Yet, as our analysis shows, Amazon fulfillment centers impose so many hidden costs on local economies that cities ought to reconsider welcoming them at all, much less greasing the way with public funds. Continue reading

Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by John Bailey | No Comments | Updated on Sep 1, 2015

Zero Waste School Project Handout: Chester Upland School District (CUSD)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/zero-waste-school-project-handout-chester-upland-school-district-cusd/

Stetser Elementary and Main Street Elementary Green Team students took the lead in starting a successful recycling collection pilot project at their respective schools during Spring 2015. This is the first phase of the Chester Zero Waste School Project, a partnership of the City of Chester, Chester Upland School District, and the Institute for Local… Continue reading

Article filed under Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 2, 2015

Reuse Based Enterprises

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

Every city, county, and state must think about waste. For most it is a headache, but for a growing number of forward-thinking locales it is a boon for economic development. If your community is interested in green jobs, the discard stream is a logical place to start. When handled properly, the items in the discard… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 10, 2015

Community Broadband Networks Press Packet

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

At MuniNetworks.org, we provide resources that support local authority for broadband networks that are directly accountable to the communities they serve. As more community leaders realize the economic benefits of faster, more reliable Internet services, they are pursuing local control of connectivity through public ownership, cooperative models, and other nonprofit approaches. The vast majority of… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 9, 2015

Community Broadband Networks Map Fact Sheet 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/community-broadband-map-fact-sheet/

As of January 2015, more communities than ever before have realized the value of publicly owned broadband infrastructure. Many communities that choose to invest in publicly owned infrastructure do so because their needs are not met by large corporate providers. While some invest to bring reliable connectivity to local residents, others have no choice; businesses increasingly need… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 14, 2014

Get the Facts on Shopping Local for the Holidays with this Infographic

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

Independent businesses are poised to draw more people this holiday season.  To illustrate the ways that local businesses are growing in popularity, delivering stronger economic returns, and expanding in numbers, the Advocates for Independent Business, a coalition of 14 groups coordinated by ILSR, put together this infographic. Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2014

Financing Municipal Networks Fact Sheet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/financing-municipal-networks-fact-sheet/

This fact sheet provides information on the most common ways local communities finance their municipal networks. When a community decides it needs to establish its own publicly owned network infrastructure, one of the biggest challenges is financing the investment. Each community is unique but three main methods of financing are most popular. This fact sheet… Continue reading