Things are constantly changing in retail, from the death of some big-box stores to the growing threat of e-commerce to the re-emergence of local independent businesses. To sort all of this out, and what these vast changes mean for the state of Maine, the show “Maine Calling” from Maine Public Broadcasting aired a show featuring ILSR’s co-director and the director of our Community-Scaled Economy initiative Stacy Mitchell to answer questions and set the stage.… Read More
Earlier this year, our Energy Democracy initiative scored each state in the U.S. under the criteria of how well they enable community-owned renewable energy. This ranking surprised us and folks outside of the organization due to where some states fell. Minnesota, for instance, is lower in our list compared to where it ranks on other lists of renewable energy.
Frank Jossi of the Energy News Network covered Minnesota’s ranking and interviewed Energy Democracy initiative director John Farrell on the ranking, his criteria, and what Minnesota can do to raise its ranking.… Read More
The Kit Carson Cooperative, an electricity provider that we’ve covered in both our Energy Democracy and Community Broadband Networks initiatives, is providing broadband access to member-owners of their rural community. The High Country News and reporters Leah Todd and Marisa Demarco covered the cooperative’s story for their publication and reached out to Christopher Mitchell, the director of the Community Broadband Networks initiative.… Read More
In Andalusia, Alabama & Coulee Dam, Washington members of the each city council were interested in learning more about municipal broadband and how it could work for their communities. That’s where the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s resources came in in a great example of our resources reaching far and wide.… Read More
As we’ve documented over the years, a number of American small towns are taking on the big challenge of providing a better broadband Internet access future for their residents. In this article for Governing Magazine, Alex Marshall covers the phenomenon.
For his research, Marshall reached out to Christopher Mitchell, ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative director for feedback on why small communities are investing in this infrastructure.… Read More
ILSR co-director Stacy Mitchell was interviewed for the Rising Up with Sonali show for a segment entitled, “Why Amazon’s Quest For Online Dominance Is Destructive,” detailing the growth of Amazon across a number of different sectors.… Read More
In Jersey City, New Jersey a community established the expectation that independent retail matters and that chain stores weren’t welcome. In the original piece by Institute for Local Self-Reliance Community-Scaled Economy researcher Olivia LaVecchia, she cited the benefits local businesses have for communities.
In this HuffPost piece by Peter Moskowitz, the reporter features ILSR’s research.… Read More
Amazon is a gargantuan company with its hands in everything from e-books to shipping to television and movies. The next big move the company is making is in a government contract for cloud computing. In this story for The Hill, Ali Breland reached out to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Community-Scaled Economy initiative director and organization co-director Stacy Mitchell for her thoughts on the matter.… Read More