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IKEA aims to take 200,000 people out of poverty in massive social sustainability drive

IKEA aims to take 200,000 people out of poverty in massive social sustainability drive | Renew Cities: Economic Prosperity | Scoop.it
IKEA is to open production centres in refugee camps in Jordan as part of a long-term plan to create employment for 200,000 disadvantaged people around the world.
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Proposed Property Tax To Fight Climate Change Criticized As Unfair

Proposed Property Tax To Fight Climate Change Criticized As Unfair | Renew Cities: Economic Prosperity | Scoop.it
Voters in the San Francisco Bay Area will vote in June on a proposed property tax which would be used to restore wetlands to protect against rising sea levels. The tax is not based on property value.
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In largest-ever U.S. city bankruptcy, cuts coming for Detroit creditors, retirees

In largest-ever U.S. city bankruptcy, cuts coming for Detroit creditors, retirees | Renew Cities: Economic Prosperity | Scoop.it
"Sharon Levine, attorney for the AFSCME union, said that any cuts to pensions for the city's retirees would be harmful, because the average city retiree receives $19,000 in annual pension benefits."
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In Paducah, Artists Create Something From Nothing : NPR

In Paducah, Artists Create Something From Nothing : NPR | Renew Cities: Economic Prosperity | Scoop.it
The Lowertown neighborhood of Paducah, Ky., once riddled with crime and dilapidated homes, is now a haven for artists and a thriving community life.
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Would You Move To A Shrinking City If It Paid Off Your Loans?

Would You Move To A Shrinking City If It Paid Off Your Loans? | Renew Cities: Economic Prosperity | Scoop.it

"That’s the plan of New York’s Niagra Falls. In the hopes of staunching its population decline and bringing a new generation of engaged youth, the city is accepting applications for urban pioneers willing to move in exchange for a little debt relief."

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A business buyer’s guide to choosing a city | Better Cities Now

A business buyer’s guide to choosing a city | Better Cities Now | Renew Cities: Economic Prosperity | Scoop.it
"The world’s major companies face a range of decisions when it comes to choosing new sites for their business, whether it be a new manufacturing site, a regional head office, a back-office centre, a new retail outlet, or otherwise....The traditional approach to this has been a simple one, essentially a “build it and they will come” model, which many city leaders followed, and which guided their strategic investments. But new research from the Säid Business School, at the University of Oxford, argues that what a new approach is needed–providing tailored infrastructure solutions for large multinationals, in exchange for their long term investment in the city."
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Retiring grocery store owner transfers ownership of supermarkets to employees

Retiring grocery store owner transfers ownership of supermarkets to employees | Renew Cities: Economic Prosperity | Scoop.it

"My employees are largely responsible for any success I've had, and they deserve to get some of the benefits of that," -Joe Lueken 

 

"The Star Tribune had a story about Lueken, 70, of Bemidji, Minnesota yesterday, "A thankful Bemidji grocer shares his success with his employees". For the past 46 years, Lueken has been a successful grocer and come January 1st, he is transferring ownership of his three supermarkets to his nearly 400 employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Program.

Despite many offers to sell out to grocery store chains, Lueken and his family think transferring ownership of Lueken's Village Foods to his employees at no cost to them is better for the community."

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Bristol launches its own currency

Bristol launches its own currency | Renew Cities: Economic Prosperity | Scoop.it
Bristol launches its own currency in a direct assault on global trade.
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The cost of America’s inefficient sprawl

The cost of America’s inefficient sprawl | Renew Cities: Economic Prosperity | Scoop.it
"When sprawling new development happens, it’s easy to mistake that for prosperity. New buildings and wide roads look great when they first meet the eye. But over time, distant development costs more, gradually bleeding taxpayers and putting the hurt on municipal budgets."
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Kansas City Kansan: Next Chapter Kansas City offers Exploring Jobs Courses

“Exploring Jobs Courses” are four new, online courses to assist persons who are exploring paid work in a range of employment settings.

They are being offered by Next Chapter Kansas City in cooperation with Kansas City Kansas Community College and are appropriate for adults of any age, including persons aged 50 and older who are considering a second or Encore career. 

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Cities Take the Lead on Tackling Climate Change | WRI Insights

Cities Take the Lead on Tackling Climate Change | WRI Insights | Renew Cities: Economic Prosperity | Scoop.it

Climate change may not have been on the official Rio+20 agenda, but that didn’t stop mayors from megacities around the world from making major headway on the issue. At the Rio+20 conference on Tuesday, the network of C40 city leaders announced a huge new commitment to address global climate change through local action: They will reduce 1.3 billion metric tons of carbon emissions by 2030.


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Renew Cities: Beg, Borrow and Share: Leveraging Surplus Capacity

Renew Cities: Beg, Borrow and Share: Leveraging Surplus Capacity | Renew Cities: Economic Prosperity | Scoop.it

"In an effort to create cities for the future - cities that will work for a new era of inhabitants - we can no longer employ the same prescription. A box store here, a school there, a library over there, all connected by automobile-centric roads just isn't going to cut it. These days, a growing number of people are learning to better utilize the surplus capacity present in machines, objects and even our fellow neighbors. Our cities should serve as an ideal training ground for this new wave of innovation that is bringing cost-sharing and lowered environmental impact to the needs of everyday life."

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The Urban Future of Work | SPUR

"In this SPUR report, we make the case that there is a strong link between density and job growth. In fact, we believe that locating jobs closer to transit, and closer to one another, will be key to the Bay Area’s long term economic growth.

 

We recommend 20 strategies for increasing density, strengthening the regional economy and promoting job growth."

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In Texas, Toll Roads or Flood Preparedness?

In Texas, Toll Roads or Flood Preparedness? | Renew Cities: Economic Prosperity | Scoop.it
The state is spending billions on toll roads when it should be investing in flood infrastructure.
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Beyond capitalism and socialism: could a new economic approach save the planet?

Beyond capitalism and socialism: could a new economic approach save the planet? | Renew Cities: Economic Prosperity | Scoop.it
A holistic approach to the economy is necessary to avoid social, environmental and economic collapse, according to a new report by the Capital Institute
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Regenerative design is where it's at.
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As Rent Soars, Longtime San Francisco Tenants Fight To Stay

As Rent Soars, Longtime San Francisco Tenants Fight To Stay | Renew Cities: Economic Prosperity | Scoop.it
Residents say they fear a spike in evictions will push them out of a city they've long called home.
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Advocates Push for Affordable Housing as City Booms

Advocates Push for Affordable Housing as City Booms | Renew Cities: Economic Prosperity | Scoop.it
With the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Austin coming in at $963, and the apartment occupancy rate at about 95 percent, it’s no secret that finding affordable housing in the city can be difficult.
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Detroit Fellows - Wayne State University

Detroit Fellows - Wayne State University | Renew Cities: Economic Prosperity | Scoop.it
The Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program - because a talented, relevant and professional workforce is pivotal to Detroit's longevity and prosperous future.
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The Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program selectes qualified college graduates for a two-year placement with organizations working towards revitalizing the city of Detroit. Fellows are given a two year full-time job, a mentor, and participate in study trips and monthly meetings.

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URBAN NATION: Money-Wise, Stadiums and Super Bowls Don’t Benefit Cities – Next City

URBAN NATION: Money-Wise, Stadiums and Super Bowls Don’t Benefit Cities – Next City | Renew Cities: Economic Prosperity | Scoop.it
Pro sports stadiums, and the big events associated with them, are sources of civic pride for many an urban-dweller. But their economic benefit to a given city is far more questionable.
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UN-HABITAT's State of the World's Cities 2012/2013 Report

UN-HABITAT's State of the World's Cities 2012/2013 Report | Renew Cities: Economic Prosperity | Scoop.it

"The City is the Home of Prosperity. It is the place where human beings find satisfaction of basic needs and access to essential public goods. The city is also where ambitions, aspirations and other material and immaterial aspects of life are realized, providing contentment and happiness. It is a locus at which the prospects of prosperity and individual and collective well-being can be increased.


What this new edition of State of the World's Cities shows is that prosperity for all has been compromised by a narrow focus on economic growth. UN-Habitat suggests a fresh approach to prosperity beyond the solely economic emphasis, including other vital dimensions such as quality of life, adequate infrastructures, equity and environmental sustainability. The Report proposes a new tool – the City Prosperity Index – together with a conceptual matrix, the Wheel of Prosperity, both of which are meant to assist decision makers to design clear policy interventions.


The Report advocates for the need of cities to enhance the public realm, expand public goods and consolidate rights to the 'commons' for all as a way to expand prosperity. This comes in response to the observed trend of enclosing or restricting these goods and commons in enclaves of prosperity, or depleting them through unsustainable use."

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Better Block event has businesses seeing dollar signs

Better Block event has businesses seeing dollar signs | Renew Cities: Economic Prosperity | Scoop.it
Last weekend's Alamo Plaza Better Block Project drove a surge in sales and foot traffic for businesses along Alamo Street, encouraging store owners to believe a makeover of the plaza could attract many more locals in the future.
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Obama Administration Gives Boost to Alt-Lenders In Distressed Communities – Next American City

Obama Administration Gives Boost to Alt-Lenders In Distressed Communities – Next American City | Renew Cities: Economic Prosperity | Scoop.it
A lifeline for urban entrepreneurs everywhere, the Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund will award over $186 million to CDFIs around the country in the 2012 fiscal year.
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Why Can't We Just Convert Vacant Buildings Into Housing for the Homeless?

Why Can't We Just Convert Vacant Buildings Into Housing for the Homeless? | Renew Cities: Economic Prosperity | Scoop.it
America's got plenty of vacant properties and a serious homelessness problem. But of course, it's not that simple.
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6 Cities That Will Pay You To Move There

6 Cities That Will Pay You To Move There | Renew Cities: Economic Prosperity | Scoop.it
In the face of declining or slowing population growth, some cities have decided to get aggressive about their survival.
Some cities are giving away free land, while others are literally handing out stacks of cash to folks who agree to move.
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Why Ecological Cities are also Economic Cities | Sustainable Cities Collective

Why Ecological Cities are also Economic Cities | Sustainable Cities Collective | Renew Cities: Economic Prosperity | Scoop.it
Launched in 2009 by the World Bank, the Eco2 Cities Initiative seeks to establish a new paradigm of economic development for cities in developing countries.

Via Ana Valdés
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