Highlighted Publications

January 2015

2015

2014

Naomi Cytron et al., eds. , What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities, San Francisco, CA & Washington, DC: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Urban Institute, 2014, 1-441.

What Counts, a joint publication from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Urban Institute, offers a series of essays on how practitioners, policymakers, and funders can collect and analyze data to better inform community development strategies. The authors, with backgrounds in public health, education, finance, law, community development, and information systems, highlight the necessity of data sharing across sectors to foster collaboration. 

2014

Etsy, "A Call to Action: Five Proposals to Support the Emerging Maker Economy," Etsy, June 18, 2014, 1-13.

This paper from Etsy, an online platform connecting small, independent producers to the market, identifies strategies to support the growth of small-batch manufacturing. The report recommends investments in manufacturing support services as well as asset building initiatives so that small-batch manufacturers can better connect to local production partners and reduce the financial risks involved in starting a business. The paper also highlights the opportunity to incorporate entrepreneurship training into workforce development programs. 

*NEW* John Farrell, "Advantage Local: Why Local Energy Ownership Matters," Institute for Local Self-Reliance, September 2014, 1-14.

John Farrell, senior researcher for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, compares the economic and environmental impact of locally owned utilities against absentee-owned utilities. Finding that local ownership not only encourages a more rapid adoption of renewable sources of energy but also generates local economic activity and jobs, Farrell recommends that states create incentives for locally owned projects. Farrell cites examples of successful community ownership models in Minnesota, Washington, and Colorado and argues for the cessation of current state and federal tax incentives that privilege commercially owned projects.

2014

*NEW* Christopher Walker, Building Sustainable Communities: Initial Research Results, New York, NY: LISC, October 2014, 1-15.

Written by LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) Director of Research Chris Walker, this report highlights early-stage results from LISC’s Building Sustainable Communities initiative. The report demonstrates how a comprehensive community development approach that targets investments in affordable housing, economic development, edu­cation, health, and safety can significantly raise incomes and decrease unemployment in low-income neighborhoods. Also included are case studies in Providence, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, and Chicago. 

Naomi Cytron et al., eds. , What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities, San Francisco, CA & Washington, DC: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Urban Institute, 2014, 1-441.

What Counts, a joint publication from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Urban Institute, offers a series of essays on how practitioners, policymakers, and funders can collect and analyze data to better inform community development strategies. The authors, with backgrounds in public health, education, finance, law, community development, and information systems, highlight the necessity of data sharing across sectors to foster collaboration. 

Etsy, "A Call to Action: Five Proposals to Support the Emerging Maker Economy," Etsy, June 18, 2014, 1-13.

This paper from Etsy, an online platform connecting small, independent producers to the market, identifies strategies to support the growth of small-batch manufacturing. The report recommends investments in manufacturing support services as well as asset building initiatives so that small-batch manufacturers can better connect to local production partners and reduce the financial risks involved in starting a business. The paper also highlights the opportunity to incorporate entrepreneurship training into workforce development programs. 

*NEW* John Farrell, "Advantage Local: Why Local Energy Ownership Matters," Institute for Local Self-Reliance, September 2014, 1-14.

John Farrell, senior researcher for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, compares the economic and environmental impact of locally owned utilities against absentee-owned utilities. Finding that local ownership not only encourages a more rapid adoption of renewable sources of energy but also generates local economic activity and jobs, Farrell recommends that states create incentives for locally owned projects. Farrell cites examples of successful community ownership models in Minnesota, Washington, and Colorado and argues for the cessation of current state and federal tax incentives that privilege commercially owned projects.

*NEW* Christopher Walker, Building Sustainable Communities: Initial Research Results, New York, NY: LISC, October 2014, 1-15.

Written by LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) Director of Research Chris Walker, this report highlights early-stage results from LISC’s Building Sustainable Communities initiative. The report demonstrates how a comprehensive community development approach that targets investments in affordable housing, economic development, edu­cation, health, and safety can significantly raise incomes and decrease unemployment in low-income neighborhoods. Also included are case studies in Providence, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, and Chicago.