economic development

Economic Development, Sustainability Go Hand-in-Hand for Gonzales, Calif.

Gonzales prides itself on running a streamlined and business-friendly development review process that at the same time promotes sustainability. It's producing real economic…

Far from a Burden, Refugees Are a Net Positive Economically

Despite the perception that refugees create an economic burden, the overwhelming data suggests that they are actually a net positive for the communities…

American Wind Power Achieves a Major Milestone

A regional electricity provider just set a record for the North American wind sector, with a regional operator in America's heartland generating over…

Off-Grid Electric Will Power African Entrepreneurs With Solar

Off-Grid Electric plans to expand beyond just servicing households and will soon provide solar power to local businesses starting in Tanzania. Announced at…

Kimberly-Clark Takes on Toilet and Sanitation Access

Kimberly-Clark shares their thoughts on how businesses can play a vital role in bringing about behaviour change at scale to address some of…

Sustainable Aid: The Long-Term Solution to Poverty

Poverty has decreased very slightly over the past 30 years. In order for this issue to be solved, a new method of action…

Economic Stimulation and the Nonprofit Sector

Unlike banks, many philanthropic foundations and public charities have mission statements and objectives that align with the Federal Reserve’s objective of maximizing employment.…

Will China’s Environmental Cleanup Catch Up With Its Economic Development?

China’s green energy program is one of the largest, and most underreported, in the world. However, economic development is also a priority to…

International Monetary Fund Blasts ‘Trickle-Down’ Economics

A new report from the International Monetary Fund suggests that “trickle-down” economics just increases the gap of income inequality, creating injustices in almost…

The New Markets Tax Credit Program: It’s a Big Deal to Rural America

New Markets practitioners witness firsthand the revitalization they ignite, especially in rural places.

Revitalizing Rural Communities: How One Small Town Gained a Huge Economic Boost

Rural communities bear the majority of our nation’s resources – food, water, energy – yet work opportunities there are scarce. With the careful…

Urban Organics: Sustainable Development in Post-Industrial America

Urban Organics brings sustainable development to a beleaguered inner-city neighborhood by growing organic produce and fish through commercial-scale aquaponics.

Boston Doctors Fight Obesity with Prescribe-a-Bike Program

In a new move to help reduce obesity in low-income neighborhoods, doctors in Boston are writing bike share prescriptions as an alternative to…

First Out of the Gate: The Positive Ripple Effects of Community Development

The New Markets Tax Credit program spurs community development in economically hard-hit census tracks, with the benefits rippling beyond the first project out…

Long-Term Economic Development Builds on Communities’ Existing Assets

Organizations like The Ford Foundation have found significant, measurable results reducing poverty through direct community action and careful impact tracking.