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Percentage of Nonbank Credit Use Rise among US Households
A 2009-2011 statistical analysis finds that the percentage of US households that used high-cost nonbank credit has increased. Nonbank credit includes payday, pawnshop, rent-to-own and...more



Raya, the Sanitation Muppet at Reinvent the Toilet Fair
Raya the Sanitation Muppet, first introduced at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair: India, is the latest addition to the beloved children's show, Sesame Street. She will appear as part of Sesame Street's...more

Open Data to Engage Civil Society
The case study called, "Public Procurement in the Philippines," tackles technology-enabled transparency policies around the world. Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit organization, whose work is in...more

New Evidence Shows Dramatic Growth in Immigrant Employment
In a study conducted by the Center for Immigration Studies, nonprofit research organization, data shows that there has been an overall increase in employment for immigrants (both legal and illegal)...more

What Makes a Social Entrepreneur?
Curt Bowen, a current resident of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, founded Semilla Nueva in 2010 after years of work in Central America. In a Huffington Post blog contribution, shares his points on what...more

Youth in Philanthropy to Teach Next Generation About Giving Back
The Youth in Philanthropy program (nicknamed "YIP"), founded by Foundation for MetroWest, was launched in five Concord schools with one common goal: to teach Concord's next generation about...more

Modesto City Council To Approve Fund Program To Aid The Underserved
The Modesto City Council has recently announced it would approve two programs that would spend up to $450,000 in federal budget to boost the economic way of living of low- and moderate-income...more

Homeless Agency Receives Housing First Grant
The Western Dairyland Community Action Agency has recently earned a $249,000 federal Housing First grant, a grant program intended to help the chronically homeless residents secure a roof over their...more

Economic Development Director Spars with Lawmaker Over Tax Incentives
Debbi Durham, the director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority went head-to-head with Senator Bill Dotzler as she asked for more tax credits to attract new industry to the state. Durham...more






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Niagara: A Willing Host for Green Business

Niagara: A Willing Host for Green Business
The Niagara Region is a willing host to renewable energy. Known as the green energy capital, Niagara Falls is one...



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