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Reimagining Downtown Dallas - You + Dallas

Reimagining Downtown Dallas - You + Dallas | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Thanks to Gary Howe for pointing out this piece. (@glhjr).  I have an office in Dallas, and simply despise it from a human, pedestrian, bicyclist perspective.  This video captures the genesis of what happened to make it that way.  PLANNING!  Reimagining Downtown Dallas. Assessing the Impact of Vincent Ponte's Tunnel System Plan on Downtown Dallas. Recently, Downtown Dallas Inc President & CEO John Crawford and DDI...

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PepsiCo to launch global ethical-farming standards

PepsiCo to launch global ethical-farming standards | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

A story like this makes me think we're having an impact in corporate board rooms... at least a couple of them.  Director of sustainable development says firm is aiming to put economic value on environmental and social impacts of supply chain...

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Is Walmart’s $1 billion sustainable agriculture strategy a model?

Is Walmart’s $1 billion sustainable agriculture strategy a model? | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The giant retailer says it doesn't 'want customers to have to choose between products that are sustainable or products that are affordable.'...
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BATA Driving for Better Service, Brand

BATA Driving for Better Service, Brand | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Northern Michigan:  Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) is kicking off plans to improve its infrastructure, services, and its brand. The effort will begin with improvements to its Cass Street facility in Traverse City. BATA management opened construction bids yesterday from six local contractors vying for the work. The apparent low bidder on the project – at $329,000 – is Traverse City-based Eckler Building Solutions.  


Krios Consulting conducted the BATA Survey for this organization back in 2009.  See that survey here:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/26158980/Bata-Survey-Final-Report-All

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Evansville girl’s fundraising helps buy police dog - Post-Tribune

Evansville girl’s fundraising helps buy police dog - Post-Tribune | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
EVANSVILLE (AP) — An 8-year-old Indiana girl saddened by the death of a police dog went door to door collecting donations in a peanut butter jar, and eventually raised $3,200 that helped the local sheriff buy a replacement.
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Creating ‘The Most Bicycle Friendly City in America’ ... In Southern California

Creating ‘The Most Bicycle Friendly City in America’ ... In Southern California | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

MOVE OVER PORTLAND: A big investment is changing the mobility and culture of Long Beach, CA.

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Rootscamp 2012 RootsCamp - February 18-19th 2012, Washington, D.C.

Rootscamp 2012 RootsCamp - February 18-19th 2012, Washington, D.C. | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
RootsCamp is an “open space” unconference driven by the people who attend to share, debrief and celebrate the tremendous work organizers do every year.
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The Big Idea: The Sustainable Economy

The Big Idea: The Sustainable Economy | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

No one these days seriously denies the need for sustainable business practices. Even those concerned about only business and not the fate of the planet recognize that the viability of business itself depends on the resources of healthy ecosystems—fresh water, clean air, robust biodiversity, productive land—and on the stability of just societies.

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Gates Urges Support for Innovation in Agriculture | Farming First

Gates Urges Support for Innovation in Agriculture | Farming First | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

The launch of Bill Gates’ 2012 Annual Letter, released yesterday, has seen the Microsoft founder and philanthropist address audiences across the world on the importance of tackling poverty. One of his primary concerns in his 2012 letter is agriculture, and the crucial role it plays in international development.

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Bill Gates to world: Spend more on farming – Business 360 - CNN.com Blogs

Bill Gates to world: Spend more on farming – Business 360 - CNN.com Blogs | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- In the hours before President Obama strode up to the podium to deliver his State of the Union Address, Bill Gates was quietly publishing his own thoughts for the year ahead. Well, he was doing it as quietly as Bill Gates does anything.
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Save The Bees Through Organic Growing

We are starting an Eco-Friendly ranch in West Texas.
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Consultant Recommendations for BATA Board Changes (January 2010)

Consultant Recommendations for BATA Board Changes (January 2010) | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Excerpt from the BATA Survey Report (Jan 29, 2010) Pg 45


"Extending the Number of BATA Board Members


While BATA's current board of directors should be commended for their recent focus on organizational transformation, the current board structure may limit its ability to affect lasting change, especially change that reflects the region's public transportation needs. BATA’s board of directors is mandated by its bylaws to include seven people. Four of those mem- bers are to be appointed by the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners, two by the Leelanau County board of commissioners, and one at-large member appointed by the other six. In terms of effectiveness, this size and type of board of directors limits the ability of BATA to respond quickly and make critical decisions for the betterment of public transpor- tation in the Grand Traverse region.


The political nature of these appointments leaves little room for board members to serve the mission of BATA, rather than the mission of a body to whom they owe their appointment. Few board members actually use the BATA system, or have a vested interest in advocating public transportation as a critical solution. The best case would be to modify the bylaws to extend board membership to a larger number (eleven to fifteen members) and to include in this number more at-large members serving by their own accord. BATA, and the communities it serves, should also play a much more active role in board recruitment.


If this solution seems too burdensome, BATA should consider creating a formal advisory board. This volunteer group could be designed to include representation from a diverse field of riders, employers, and other interested members of the public. While it would have no formal decision-making power, it could provide invaluable advice to BATA staff, and feedback to the BATA board of directors. In so doing BATA could create an easy pathway for communication with its community stakeholders.


These options would go a long way to increasing communications with the public, and changing existing negative per- ceptions."


See the full report here: 

http://www.scribd.com/doc/26158980/Bata-Survey-Final-Report-All

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Farm to School Business Opportunities Workshop

Farm to School Business Opportunities Workshop | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Who it's for: Farmers and local food distributors who want to sell to or expand sales to schools in Leelanau and Grand Traverse Counties, including summer programs.

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State of the Union: New Economics of Energy Production Tilts Obama’s “All-of-the-Above” Strategy One Way | Circle of Blue WaterNews

State of the Union: New Economics of Energy Production Tilts Obama’s “All-of-the-Above” Strategy One Way | Circle of Blue WaterNews | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Our northern Michigan friends J. Carl Ganter and Keith Schneider are doing extraordinary work covering global issues with Circle of Blue. This story on the New Economics of Energy Production

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Organic farm prepares veterans for jobs in sustainable agriculture | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Organic farm prepares veterans for jobs in sustainable agriculture | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Archi’s Acres, an organic farm in California that trains military veterans in sustainable agriculture skills.  It is veteran-owned as well as veteran-serving.

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LostGears' Local Economy Journal

LostGears' Local Economy Journal | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

THIS WEEK: Neil Young on Steve Jobs' Vinyl Habit, Walmart's $1Billion Sustainability Strategy, Women And Public Transportation, Kazahkstan's Futuristic Subway System, The Case Against Fake Walkable, Fire-Escape Permaculture, and a lot more.


This is my collection of news, articles, interviews, videos, and other ideas that we've found related to Local Economy.  It's a wide swath cut into the topic as we cover everything from permaculture, small farms, gardening, energy, politics, transportation, infrastructure, and other elements that make up a community and how it works economically.  We put these here in one place after weeding through the chaff. We provide what's interesting and pertinent while excluding purely promotional materials. You should feel confident when you click on one of these links that it won't lead you through some spammy, scammy, adventure before you get to the heart of the matter.


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D.R.E.A.M. - Developing Responsible Economically Advanced Model-Citizens - Donate Now

D.R.E.A.M. - Developing Responsible Economically Advanced Model-Citizens - Donate Now | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

New York City: D.R.E.A.M. (Developing Responsible Economically Advanced Model-Citizens) is a cutting edge, financial education and advocacy organization committed to empowering minority and urban youth by equipping them with the essential knowledge for life’s...

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Vancouver dog bylaw barking up the wrong tree: Carr

Vancouver dog bylaw barking up the wrong tree: Carr | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Did these folks see the same episode of Portlandia that I did?  Could easily be named Vancouverlandia.  The newly elected councillor is introducing a motion Tuesday that requests city staff to report to council options to change a bylaw against tying up dogs unattended in public.


See clip here:


http://eater.com/archives/2011/01/31/dont-leave-your-dog-tied-up-outside-a-restaurant-in-portland.php

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The Rural Blog: Rural school threatened with closure suspends sports so it can focus on academics, improve scores

The Rural Blog: Rural school threatened with closure suspends sports so it can focus on academics, improve scores | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

This is a Brilliant Headline from Texas:  Rural school threatened with closure suspends sports so it can focus on academics, improve scores.

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Sustainable Economies Law Center

Sustainable Economies Law Center | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Here's an organization doing some amazing work in the trenches on Capital Hill.  

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A Sustainable Economy — Oregon Environmental Council

A Sustainable Economy — Oregon Environmental Council | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

I love that the Oregon Environmental Council showcases Sustainable Economy as a major component of their mission and the work they do. "OEC supports the growth of Oregon businesses by promoting policies and economic development strategies that foster sustainability."

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Snow, Ice and WOW! The incerdible Snow Village in Montreal - blog -... - StumbleUpon

Snow, Ice and WOW! The incerdible Snow Village in Montreal - blog -... - StumbleUpon | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

EARTH EXPLORER visit Montreal and its famous Snow Festival. 

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USDA Invites Applications for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects | USDA

USDA Invites Applications for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects | USDA | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, January 20, 2012 ? Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is seeking applications to provide assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to complete a variety of energy efficiency and renewable...
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Urgent: Iowa Senate to vote on bad “Ag gag” bill today | IOWA CCI Action Fund

Urgent: Iowa Senate to vote on bad “Ag gag” bill today | IOWA CCI Action Fund | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

IOWA: Legislators are poised to vote today on HF 589 today. We think this bill should be DOA.
HF 589 is an attempt by the factory farm industry to criminalize basic watchdog functions that everyday folks have to hold factory farms accountable for violations they commit.

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NYC's Parking Availability Technology Pilot

NYC's Parking Availability Technology Pilot | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Parking Availability Technology Pilot
DOT is partnering with three tech firms to launch the Parking Availability Technology pilot, testing state-of-the-art equipment that will wirelessly transmit real-time parking information to users. DOT is embedding sensors in 177 parking spots along Arthur Avenue and East 187th Street in the Bronx that can detect whether a parking space is vacant. If successful, the pilot has the potential to ease congestion by giving information on how many spaces are available on a particular block, reducing the amount of time spent cruising for a spot. The sensors are provided by ACS, IPsens and Streetline at no cost to the City.


http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/prkintro.shtml

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