Keeping benefits and accountability close to home.
Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices—By Opening a Public Gas Station
by Thomas Hannaposted Sep 12, 2014
- Gas stations aren’t great for the climate, but the move is a step toward local control over economic decisions—a model that holds great potential for developing renewable energy in the long term.
Portland Is First U.S. City to Divest Funds from Walmart
by Laura Garcia, Molly Ruskposted May 16, 2014
- The initiative also prohibits the city from purchasing Walmart bonds in the future.
This Omaha Bike Shop Is Training a New Generation of Cyclists
posted May 12, 2014
- "Pretty soon they're using it to travel downtown and expand their understanding of the community they live in."
Think You Know What a Farmer Looks Like? Think Again.
by Sena Christianposted Apr 17, 2014
- Preliminary results from the 2012 Census of Agriculture show the increasing role of women in U.S. agriculture—especially on organic and small-scale farms.
Want to Fight the Corporate Takeover? Start with a Pint at the Pub
by David Bollierposted Mar 28, 2014
- The British government is reversing damage done to local economies by the Great Recession by protecting local pubs.
Infographic: A Guided Tour of the New Economy
posted Mar 03, 2014
- What will the transition to a "new economy" really look like? To find out, explore this interactive infographic from the group New England New Economy Transition.
Remembering Chokwe Lumumba
by Laura Flandersposted Feb 26, 2014
- Can you be a revolutionary and a mayor? Chokwe Lumumba—who spent eight months as mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, before he died—did his best to be both.
A Passion for Peppers: The Movement to Save New Mexico's Treasured Chiles
by Nina Bunker Ruizposted Feb 14, 2014
- New Mexico's traditional landrace chile varieties have adapted to hot days, cold nights, and long dry spells. But can they survive modern agribusiness?
How a Fruit and Vegetable Auction in Rural Ohio Helps Appalachian Farmers Thrive
by Erin L. McCoyposted Jan 13, 2014
- Produce auctions are getting fresh vegetables into food deserts, building community, and helping rural farmers earn a living.
After 20-Year Fight, Bronx Community Wins Big on Development Project Committed to Living Wages and Local Economy
by Laura Flandersposted Jan 03, 2014
- The people of New York’s poorest borough fought to ensure that redevelopment of its castle-like landmark will benefit those who live there. Will it be a gamechanger?
The Economy of Smallness: Making Economic Exchange a Loving Human Interaction
by Abby Quillenposted Oct 25, 2013
- Philadelphia restauranteur and local economies movement leader Judy Wicks on making good and doing good.
Main Street Comeback: How Independent Stores are Thriving (Even in the Age of Amazon)
by Fran Kortenposted Oct 25, 2013
- Despite behemoths like Starbucks and Amazon, the number of independent bookstores, coffeeshops, and other businesses is growing.
Mountain Grown: Appalachia's New Local Food Economy
by Erin L. McCoyposted Aug 21, 2013
- Hungry for okra, collards, and trout? In Appalachia, you can now get all your soul food cravings from local farmers.
What the US Can Learn From Africa’s Booming Economy
by Imara Jonesposted Jul 24, 2013
- Seven out of the ten fastest-growing economies are in Africa. Behind that is a surge in healthy young people and an emphasis on local markets.
Like Shopping at Local Businesses? Now You Can Invest in Them, Too
by David Rutherfordposted Jul 17, 2013
- A newly formed company based in Seattle makes it easy to put your money to work in the local economy.