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Workshop on Community Development Block Grants for Flood-Affected Businesses
The Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center is going to conduct a workshop on community development block grants and loans targeted to businesses hurt by flooding last September. The...more



A Morning Coffee Cup and Traditional Teepee Inspire Creation of Disaster Shelters
Designer Michael McDaniel sought to create better disaster shelters. His Exo Housing System, which he claimed was inspired by a coffee cup, aims to help Hurricane Katrina victims in their recovery,...more

HHS Provides Grants for Superstorm Sandy Recovery Research
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will provide more than $8 million in grants to support research to help in the long-term recovery in areas hit by Hurricane Sandy in October...more

Home Repair and Advocacy Program to Help Seniors, People with Disabilities
A new Sandy grant program, the Home Repair and Advocacy Program, aims to help seniors and people with disabilities with expenses related to rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy. The program offers up...more

Alaska Residents Opened its Doors and Hearts to Evacuees, Fire Responders
The aftermath of the Kenai Peninsula wildfire in Alaska has left its residents displaced by the conflagration. When the American Red Cross prepared a temporary shelter at an elementary school to...more

National League of Cities Support Flood Insurance Bill
The National League of Cities (NLC) lobbied Congress to support middle-class and low income property owners by passing the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (H.R. 3370). NLC is committed...more

NJ Economic Development Authority Pumps $5.6 Million in Low-cost Loans for Hurricane Sandy-hit Businesses
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) has approved $5.6 million in low-cost loans to be granted to small business owners in the area. Businesses include restaurants, nightclubs and a...more

Ambulance Volunteers Shortage Has Australian Locals Worried
Volunteers shortage impedes ambulance support for small towns in Australia and has the locals worried. According to Terry Whales of the SA Ambulance Service, most stations in Australia are manned...more

Volunteer Patrol Team Keeps Snowmobile Trails Safe
The Forest Preserve's Volunteer Snowmobile Safety Patrol team has been keeping snowmobile trails safe for nearly five years. The volunteer patrol started in response to snowmobile crashes at...more






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Green Coworking Space Expands To Serve Denver’s Green Movement


Green Coworking Space Expands To Serve Denver’s Green Movement

The country’s first green coworking space, Green Spaces, is a hub for green and socially conscious businesses in Denver to work and connect with each other.




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