Next frontier in recycling: food

Local-based composting programs are growing in popularity across the United States, as municipalities are increasingly coming to realize that there is great value in the organic matter that exists in our trash. For this article in the Christian Science Monitor, journalist Lonnie Shekhtman cited our long-standing research into the growth of these programs.… Read More

After millions of investment, jurisdictions try to achieve potential of fiber network

Date: 31 Dec 2016 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As Baltimore is looking toward a better connectivity for its citizens, the Baltimore Sun wanted to know what the benefits and process for a community broadband network looked like. They turned to our national broadband expert, Christopher Mitchell, for his thoughts on broadband deployment and what communities across America have done to improve that outlook.… Read More

Amazon, the Monopolist?

Date: 22 Dec 2016 | posted in: Media Coverage, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As a springboard into a larger conversation about Amazon as a monopoly, the Pacific Standard‘s freelance journalist Dwyer Gunn covered our landmark Amazon report and detailed some of the top-line stats, including that Amazon captures one in every two dollars that is spent on online retail purchases.… Read More

The Hole in the Digital Economy

Date: 16 Dec 2016 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Bridging the digital divide for rural communities across America is one of the central challenges of government in the 21st century. Writing for the MIT Technology Review, researcher David Talbot details how local communities investing in Internet access infrastructure is the way to help bring all communities onto an equal plane. In his research he cites broadband expert Christopher Mitchell and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s work.… Read More

Your Call: Amazon threatens small businesses and “weakens communities,” says new report

Date: 14 Dec 2016 | posted in: Media Coverage, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

From KALW‘s Your Call public affairs radio show: “Why is it more important than ever to support local businesses? Amazon’s growing market power is threatening small businesses and ‘weakening communities,’ according to a new study from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. The study’s findings conclude that Amazon is causing the number of independent merchants to decline sharply, ‘undermining jobs and wages,’ and affecting local tax bases. What difference does it make when we support local businesses?” This conversation features our own researcher Olivia LaVecchia.… Read More

Wrestling’s Queen Could Take a Chair to Her Federal Agency

Date: 14 Dec 2016 | posted in: Media Coverage, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Newly introduced Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon caused quite the stir in the business media. In this piece for Bloomberg Markets, Patrick Clark reached out to independent business expert and ILSR co-director Stacy Mitchell on the state of small business job creation and vitality in our economy and what McMahon’s installation could mean.… Read More

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