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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

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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

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Oct 1, 2015

Op-Ed: Community Broadband Networks Drive NC Economy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/op-ed-community-broadband-networks-drive-nc-economy/

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 at the constituents they serve in rural North Carolina and think, “‘These people don’t need… Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 28, 2015

Houston One-Bin Proposal: The Wrong Choice

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/houston-one-bin-proposal-wrong-choice/

Neil Seldman, ILSR Waste to Wealth Program, Washington, DC continues to follow the one bin proposal in Houston, Texas. In his January 7th Letter to the Editor, Seldman underscores the fact that city’s pilot curbside recycling program is working well and is quite popular. Can you imagine how fast the program could spread, increasing the materials recovered… Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 23, 2015

Protecting Chain Retail Workers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/san-francisco-retail-workers-bill-rights/

Enacted at the end of 2014, the San Francisco Retail Workers Bill of Rights requires large retail and restaurant chains to give workers advance notice of their schedules and offer part-time employees access to more hours before hiring additional people. Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Sep 24, 2014

REPORT: Advantage Local – Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/report-advantage-local-clean-energy-ownership-matters/

Solar and wind projects can mean big bucks for communities – but only if they keep them local! Why does ownership of renewable energy matter? Because the number of jobs and economic returns for communities are substantially higher when electricity generation from wind and sun can be captured by local hands. Read Full Advantage Local… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 24, 2014

REPORT RELEASED: Advantage Local – Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

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

Solar and wind projects can mean big bucks for communities – but only if they keep them local! That’s a key takeaway from Advantage Local: Why Local Energy Ownership Matters, a new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). The report shows that local control and ownership of renewable energy gives towns and cities… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 23, 2014

Local Businesses Suffer in Tennessee as State Prevents Chattanooga Expansion

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/local-businesses-suffer-in-tennessee-as-state-prevents-chattanooga-expansion/

As our readers know, the FCC is currently considering petitions submitted by Chattanooga and Wilson, North Carolina. Both communities want the ability to expand their ability to offer advanced telecommunications services, contrary to existing state anti-muni laws. As we glance through the comments, we notice that ISPs, advocacy groups, and local governments are not the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 22, 2014

Three New Companies Move to the Silicon Bayou

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/three-new-companies-move-to-the-silicon-bayou/

In the past few months, Lafayette has drawn in three high tech companies that will create approximately 1,300 well-paying positions. In addition to the community’s commitment to boost its high-tech workforce, better connectivity offered by LUS Fiber helped attract the new businesses. According to a Daily World article, the most recent addition is Perficient, Inc…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 6, 2014

Huntsville Considers a Network Investment, as Its Businesses Consider Chattanooga

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/huntsville-considers-a-network-investment-as-its-businesses-consider-chattanooga/

We reported back in June on Huntsville, Alabama’s decision to undertake feasibility study to evaluate its options for increasing next generation fiber optic internet access throughout the city. AL.com is now reporting that Huntsville Utilities hopes to hear the results of the study within 90 days, allowing it to decide whether it will take steps to… Continue reading