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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.
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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…
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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.
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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…
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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…
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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.
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9 Reasons CleanStar Mozambique is Rio-Ready

CleanStar Mozambique's founders and investors have this crazy idea that they can make the lives of a few hundred thousand people in Mozambique…
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Water from Desert Air: Wind Turbine System Can Produce 800 Liters/Day

A prototype wind-powered system from France's Eole Water has been producing as much as 800 l/d of clean water in desert conditions near…
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LA’s CicLAvia: A Primer of How Bicycling Can Boost Communities and the Economy

Yesterday in Los Angeles was CicLAvia, an event held twice a year during which 10 miles of streets are free of cars, so…
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Helveta: Supply Chain Software Firm Tackles Deforestation by Digitizing Trees, Timber

Rooted in a strong environmental ethic, Helveta's garnering international recognition for its supply chain management technology and efforts to reduce deforestation and eliminate…
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LA’s Solar Power, Green Jobs Potential Largely Untapped

LA's solar power and green jobs potential remains largely untapped, due in large part to lack of action by local government, according to…

Could Cell Phones Benefit Women Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries?

The ExxonMobil Foundation has a long history of investing in women worldwide, committing nearly $50 million to date toward programs that have benefitted…

Economic Development Boards Spur Renewable Energy Development in Hawaii

Every municipality has one, but most people don’t know what economic development boards do. At the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit, I attended…
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Thriving Microfinance Sector Strengthens Colombia’s Economy

Nearly 50% of Colombia's 46 million citizens live below the poverty line. Microfinance organizations such as Colombians Supporting Colombians (CAC) are giving budding…
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A Sustainable Development Effort One Hundred Years in the Making

SLDI co-founder Terry Mock was invited recently by the Rotary International’s Port Orford, Oregon chapter to give a presentation on the SLDI pioneering…