Topics Under Tag: "economic development"

Florida social enterprise

Move Over Mickey: Central Florida Builds a Hub for Social Enterprise

Anne Field | July 17, 2017

Central Florida’s economy depends a lot on tourism—think Mickey Mouse and performing dolphins. But a growing number of movers and shakers in the region are trying to diversify by turning the area into a social entrepreneur-ship hub. The latest step in that direction: a new Orlando-based accelerator for social enterprises. The Central Florida Social Enterprise […]

coal mining economy

Teaching Coal Miners to Code in Eastern Kentucky

Anne Field | March 8, 2017

With coal mining at a 35-year low, coal regions have been struggling with job losses and stagnant local economies. One new venture in Kentucky offers a solution: teaching coal miners how to code. It started three years ago when Rusty Justice and M. Lynn Parrish, the owners of a Pikeville, Kentucky excavation and engineering company […]

New Brunswick, Canada local investing tax incentive

Can Tax Incentives Jumpstart the JOBS Act?

Chelsea Eddy | January 24, 2017

Investing in local businesses, rather than in publicly traded corporations, is an idea generating interest globally. But until recently, that was hard to do in the U.S., thanks to federal and state laws that have impeded such investments by average citizens. The JOBS Act, passed in 2012 and fully implemented last May, has lowered many […]

Small Businesses Are Key to Job Growth in Inner Cities

Locavesting Staff | November 10, 2016

The inner city was a recurring theme in the presidential campaign. President-elect Donald Trump called inner cities “a disaster,” painting a grim picture of violence, poverty and a lack of jobs. The reality is less stark. Cities have undergone a renaissance in recent years and housing prices have risen. Yet a lack of jobs and […]

Is Antitrust Policy Killing Small Business?

Locavesting Staff | August 11, 2016

It’s almost cliché to say that small businesses make up the lifeblood of the economy. But study after study underscore the truth of that old chestnut: small businesses create the bulk of new jobs, increase innovation and economic resilience, improve the health and well being of their communities and encourage a strong middle class. So […]

Chicago Looks to Social Enterprise to Address Urban Challenges

Anne Field | July 11, 2016

Chicago has more than its fair share of urban woes. Cook County, a county of more than 5.2 million of which Chicago is the county seat, has a poverty rate of 17%. It is plagued by violence and crime. And the county suffered the biggest population decline last year of any county in the U.S. […]

A New Book Explores the Art & Science of Place Attachment

Locavesting Staff | June 25, 2016

Like many Americans, Melody Warnick was a chronic mover. With her husband and family, she hopscotched five states in 15 years. The next place was always going to be the one they’d put down roots in and love. That led Warnick, a freelance writer, to ponder the concept of place attachment. In her wonderful new […]

The State-Based Crowdfunding Movement Gets its Own Conference

Amy Cortese | April 11, 2016

When it comes to investment crowdfunding, the spotlight has been on the federal JOBS Act. But that overlooks the flurry of innovation and experimentation happening at the local level, where 30 states (and counting) have passed their own mini-JOBS Acts that allow local investment within their own borders. Now, the state crowdfunding movement has its […]

BDCs: An Untapped Tool for Local Investing?

Michael Sauvante | February 15, 2016

Take a look at this Presidential signing statement: “This new law will facilitate the financing of small businesses by providing needed reform of the Federal securities laws. Small businesses are essential to economic growth and to innovation. No effort is more difficult for small businesses or more crucial to their success than raising investment capital. This […]

Placemaking and the Battle For Human Scale Cities

Stephen Burke | February 11, 2016

The way we build matters. Sterile megastructures stress people out, and the domineering ‘architecture of doom’ favored by Hitler is still casting dark shadows across the globe. Contrast that to a streetscape that invites people to linger, sit and interact—a street with a human scale environment. In this piece, Stephen Burke of the nonprofit Project […]