Highlighted Publications

February 2015

2014

Thomas Hanna, Scaling Up the Cooperative Movement, Grassroots Economic Organizing, 2014.

How can we scale up the cooperative movement without losing our cooperative values?  That is the question contributors seek to answer in this collection of essays.  Contributors include Hilary Abell, Michael Johnson, Joe Guinan and Caitlin Quigley, along with contributing editors Thomas Hanna, Andrew McLeod and Len Krimerman.

2015

*NEW* Steve Dubb, Building Community Wealth: Tools for Changing the Economic Game, January 30, 2015.

Presentation given by Research Director Steve Dubb for a panel entitled "Deal Makers and Game Changers: Being Responsive to a Market for Equitable Development" at the 14th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference. 

2014

Report on US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends, Washington, DC: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, 2014.

The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment released its tenth biannual report on what it labels the “sustainable, responsible and impact investing sector.” The report identified place-based investing, largely by public funds directing investment into their city or state, “as a new trend, accounting for nearly $90 billion in assets.” Additionally, the use of environmental, social and governance criteria by institutional investors, once a small market niche, now covers over $4 trillion in market assets, representing a four-fold increase from 2012 to 2014 alone.

*NEW* Lawrence Prybil et al., Improving Community Health through Hospital – Public Health Collaboration: Insights and Lessons Learned from Successful Partnerships , Lexington, Kentucky: Commonwealth Center for Governance Studies, Inc., November 2014, 1-105.

A new IRS requirement that tax-exempt hospitals conduct community health needs assessments encourages hospitals to work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders. The authors of a recent report, published by the Commonwealth Center for Governance Studies, Inc., argue that this federal mandate presents an opportunity to improve community health and reduce health care expenditures. The report offers several case studies of effective and sustainable partnerships in California, Minnesota, Maryland, Florida, and elsewhere throughout the country. 

*NEW* Kim Zeuli, Lena Ferguson and Austin Nijhuis, Creating an Anchored Local Economy in Newark: Recommendations for Implementing a Comprehensive Local Procurement Strategy , Roxbury, MA: Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, December 2014, 1-16.

This new report from the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) identifies an opportunity for Newark anchor institutions to shift over $425 million of procurement toward local purchasing. In addition to targeting local procurement strategies in high expenditure areas, authors Kim Zeuli, Lena Ferguson, and Austin Nijhuis also suggest that anchors target local procurement contract opportunities so as to build the capacity of small firms to scale up for future contracts, as demonstrated by the Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy (CASE) initiative

Thomas Hanna, Scaling Up the Cooperative Movement, Grassroots Economic Organizing, 2014.

How can we scale up the cooperative movement without losing our cooperative values?  That is the question contributors seek to answer in this collection of essays.  Contributors include Hilary Abell, Michael Johnson, Joe Guinan and Caitlin Quigley, along with contributing editors Thomas Hanna, Andrew McLeod and Len Krimerman.

*NEW* Steve Dubb, Building Community Wealth: Tools for Changing the Economic Game, January 30, 2015.

Presentation given by Research Director Steve Dubb for a panel entitled "Deal Makers and Game Changers: Being Responsive to a Market for Equitable Development" at the 14th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference. 

Report on US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends, Washington, DC: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, 2014.

The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment released its tenth biannual report on what it labels the “sustainable, responsible and impact investing sector.” The report identified place-based investing, largely by public funds directing investment into their city or state, “as a new trend, accounting for nearly $90 billion in assets.” Additionally, the use of environmental, social and governance criteria by institutional investors, once a small market niche, now covers over $4 trillion in market assets, representing a four-fold increase from 2012 to 2014 alone.

*NEW* Lawrence Prybil et al., Improving Community Health through Hospital – Public Health Collaboration: Insights and Lessons Learned from Successful Partnerships , Lexington, Kentucky: Commonwealth Center for Governance Studies, Inc., November 2014, 1-105.

A new IRS requirement that tax-exempt hospitals conduct community health needs assessments encourages hospitals to work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders. The authors of a recent report, published by the Commonwealth Center for Governance Studies, Inc., argue that this federal mandate presents an opportunity to improve community health and reduce health care expenditures. The report offers several case studies of effective and sustainable partnerships in California, Minnesota, Maryland, Florida, and elsewhere throughout the country. 

*NEW* Kim Zeuli, Lena Ferguson and Austin Nijhuis, Creating an Anchored Local Economy in Newark: Recommendations for Implementing a Comprehensive Local Procurement Strategy , Roxbury, MA: Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, December 2014, 1-16.

This new report from the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) identifies an opportunity for Newark anchor institutions to shift over $425 million of procurement toward local purchasing. In addition to targeting local procurement strategies in high expenditure areas, authors Kim Zeuli, Lena Ferguson, and Austin Nijhuis also suggest that anchors target local procurement contract opportunities so as to build the capacity of small firms to scale up for future contracts, as demonstrated by the Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy (CASE) initiative