Co-op Power Puts Localist Spin on Clean Energy Economy

Date: 18 Oct 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

New England is well known for pacesetter legislation that has made it a clean power leader, but the region also boasts a showpiece example of community-scale coordination — separate from the action in statehouses and city halls — that taps … Read More

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

Compost Combats Desertification: Download New Poster

Date: 17 Jun 2016 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

June 17th is World Day to Combat Desertification. In 1994, the United Nations declared June 17th the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought to promote public awareness of the issue. While the UN focuses on those countries experiencing serious … Read More

Ammon’s Model: The Virtual End of Cable Monopolies

Date: 15 Jun 2016 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

  The city of Ammon, Idaho, is building the Internet network of the future. Households and businesses can instantly change Internet service providers using a specially-designed innovative portal. This short 20 minute video highlights how the network is saving money, … Read More

Why Going Local Makes Sense for the Clean Energy Transition

Date: 20 May 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This is a response to a Forbes commentary published last week, by Steve Cicala In his commentary last week, Steve Cicala fell into a common trap for economists analyzing the electricity system. Touting what economics calls competitive advantage, Mr Cicala … Read More

States Shower Big Companies with Economic Development Incentives, at Small Businesses’ Expense

Date: 21 Oct 2015 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Even when state economic development programs purport to be open to businesses of any size, in practice, they overwhelmingly favor large companies, according to a study released Tuesday. The study determined that 90 percent of a $3.2 billion pot of economic development incentives was awarded to large firms, a finding that casts light on one of the ways that small businesses are placed at a competitive disadvantage.… Read More

Op-Ed: Community Broadband Networks Drive NC Economy

Date: 1 Oct 2015 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Roanoke Daily Herald published this op-ed about local government action for broadband networks on September 25, 2015. We were responding to an earlier Op-Ed, available here. Christopher Mitchell wrote the following op-ed. It is stunning any legislator can look … Read More

Introducing… MuniNetworks Economic Development Page

Date: 16 Jul 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Access to high-speed, broadband Internet facilitates economic development. Over the years, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance has documented economic successes brought about by community broadband networks. We chose some of the most compelling examples, organized them by topic, and put … Read More

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