Economic development

Driving Communities Forward: Insights from Cross-Sector Leaders Closing the Opportunity Gap

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The pandemic continues to widen the opportunity gap and adversely impact students and job-seekers, especially those who already faced systemic barriers to career success. We need innovative, collaborative, community-driven solutions to ensure that communities that have been disproportionately affected can have equal access to economic mobility.  Those solutions can often feel amorphous or unattainable, but – if you look closely at the work of local organizations – there are powerful collaborations that are meaningfully building equity every day.

State of the Green Building Industry 2021

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by Deisy Verdinez of the US Green Building Council 

There’s renewed commitment from companies and organizations to run their business and operations in more sustainable ways. As communities and consumers begin to demand more from organizations to do more to support their communities, many are not only including sustainability in corporate social responsibility plans but are also are setting ambitious goals to reduce their impacts on the environment. And they’re making real strides in achieving these goals.

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City Elects New Board Chair and Officers

Dr. Michael E. Porter, ICIC Founder and visionary, will continue his leadership as Chairman Emeritus; Ronald A. Homer, currently treasurer and vice chairman, is elected Chairman
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ROXBURY, Mass., June 30, 2021 /3BL Media/ - The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) announced the election of Ronald A. Homer, current vice chair and treasurer, to the role of chairman at a special meeting of its board of directors held earlier today. Dr. Michael E. Porter, the renowned Harvard Business School professor who has chaired the board since founding the organization in 1994, has been elected chairman emeritus. Dr.

Celebrating International Women's Day 2021

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FSG is celebrating women in leadership this International Women's Day, March 8. Regardless of where you are in the world, we are happy to share these gender equity resources with you.

Black Leadership Spotlight: Jerelyn Rodriguez, The Knowledge House

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In celebration of Black History Month, Common Impact is spotlighting remarkable Black nonprofit leaders and their many contributions to creating more positive, healthy, and equitable communities.

A New Home for Nestlé Purina in North Carolina

Duke Energy worked with local governments and organizations to bring 300 new jobs to Rockingham County
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An abandoned brewery in North Carolina’s Rockingham County will be reimagined and transformed into a pet food manufacturing facility thanks to Nestlé Purina PetCare

Purina’s $450 million investment is a big gain for the county near the Virginia border as it adds 300 new positions to the region. In addition to jobs, it will add $60 million in state tax revenue over the next 12 years. Duke Energy worked with Nestlé Purina and local governments to help bring the factory to its service territory.

MSME Resilience: A New Framework for the New Normal

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Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), which are the socio-economic backbone of most countries, have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Governments, development agencies, philanthropic foundations, and corporates have all announced several short-term measures to support MSMEs. Most of these welcome interventions are, however, largely stopgap arrangements at best. For the most part, they do not address the medium-term structural challenges and the fundamental vulnerabilities to future stresses that MSMEs will continue to face.

Leveraging Sustainable Fashion to Achieve Economic Self-Sufficiency

S&P Global virtual volunteers support NYC nonprofit Custom Collaborative in its mission to help women from low-income and immigrant communities develop their fashion industry skills.
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For some, fashion is style, clothing and design. For Custom Collaborative, a NYC-based workforce development nonprofit, fashion is the path towards empowerment, self-sufficiency and success.

Freeport-McMoRan’s Greenlee County, Arizona Community Investment Fund Awards $169,000 in Grants

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February 20, 2020, /3BL Media/ - The Greenlee County Community Investment Fund recently selected the recipients and awarded more than $160,000 in grants to local communities and non-profit organizations.

The Greenlee County CIF is overseen by a committee of community leaders assembled by the Freeport-McMoRan Community Partnership Panel, to identify and address community needs in health care, education, environment, economic development and transportation.

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