Auburn, ME improves resident access to healthy food with the Neighborhood Corner Store Program
Auburn budgeted $150,000 in federal ARPA funds to encourage corner store development by state-based grocers. Eligible applicants will locate their new or expanded stores more than one-quarter mile from national chains and make more than half of their sales from food purchases. The pilot provides up to $35,000 per store for up to four successful applicants. City officials will evaluate the program's impacts on food equity and local economic growth.
Sturgeon County, AB supports economic development with site selection and market research tools
Sturgeon County introduced an interactive site selection map for businesses seeking new properties. Each pinpoint opens a profile with photos, zoning information, square footage, and contacts with the county's Economic Development team. The Market Research site connects users to profiles of the six advantages of doing business in Sturgeon County. For example, the Logistics profile visualizes broadband connectivity, major road networks, and freight lines.
Sturgeon County, AB
Orillia, ON introduces Innovation Collective pilot for local business growth and collaboration
City officials approved the three-year pilot in response to the lingering effects of the pandemic on the local economy. The Innovation Collective will identify roadblocks to business growth and opportunities for streamlined city processes. An operating committee of city, university, and industry experts will design collaborative resources and events for emerging businesses. Orillia used a CAD 150,000 provincial grant to fund the Innovation Collective.
Murray, WA prepares for the future of food with the Food Innovation Precinct Western Australia
The facility features an Innovation Centre, Research & Development Centre, and a Food & Beverage Production Centre. An Enterprise Support Program offers grants of up to AUD 600,000 for food and agricultural innovation projects. The X-Protein Lab supports alternative protein development partnerships between regional and Singapore startups. Industry events and a trio of anchor research partners provide additional collaboration opportunities.
Muskogee, OK recruits professionals for hard-to-fill vacancies with Ready, Set, Move incentive
City, county, and port authority officials collaborated on a home-buying incentive for new residents. Newcomers to Muskogee who work for companies in qualifying industries can apply for $10,000 stipends. These funds must be used for a home purchase or a new build within city limits valued at or above the three-year median home value. The Ready, Set, Move program focuses on jobs with above-market pay in industries like manufacturing, education, and healthcare.
Muskogee County, OK
Cheshire West and Chester Council, GB Workspace pilot opens co-working spaces for small businesses
The council recruited seven organizations as co-work space providers for the program. Twenty-one startups and home-based businesses will access office space over a two-year period. Participants also benefit from industry-specific guidance based on their workspace placement including retail operations from OpenHome and digital services from Code Nation. This project received funds from the national Department of Levelling Up in support of the council's Inclusive Economy Strategy.
Cheshire West and Chester Council, GB
El Paso, TX Economic Snapshot Dashboard presents state of local economy and quality of life
The city's Economic Development team worked with eIMPACT on the dashboard's development. Dashboard users learn demographic facts about the city including Gross Regional Product and five-year population trends by age. A Workforce Commuter section shows median commute times and commuters by planning region. Additional features include job posting trends, top degree programs, and changes in home value. U.S. Census Bureau and eIMPACT data sources are used for monthly dashboard updates.
El Paso, TX
Atlanta, GA ATLinBusiness Marketplace builds relationships between local suppliers and buyers
The digital marketplace focuses on B2B interactions among locally owned companies. Participating businesses create free accounts through the NowNetwork-powered platform in a few simple steps. Each company's profile includes products and services on offer along with diversity classifications and other operational details. An AI-enabled search tool connects buyers to suppliers based on profile matches. The ATLinBusiness Marketplace amplifies smaller vendors and boosts the local economy.
Meath County Council, IE promotes remote working benefits and opportunities with GoRemote campaign
County officials found that 20% of local workers experienced daily commutes of at least one hour. The GoRemote website presents a map of national remote working hubs as well as links to local hubs. Meath County Council partnered with Connectedhubs.ie on a streamlined system for reserving co-working spaces. Project leaders also produced a video series profiling workers and companies benefitting from remote work opportunities.
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Miami-Dade County, FL proposes Innovation Authority for real-world partnerships with tech startups
The planned Innovation Authority begins with $3 million each from the county, the Knight Foundation, and a private donor. Participating startups receive seed funding for pilots with county departments. These collaborations pursue new approaches to transit, housing, public health, and other areas of public life. County officials anticipate an influx of private investment in tested solutions, thus expanding successful pilots and strengthening the local economy.
Miami-Dade County, FL
Haarlem, NH creates a welcoming environment for businesses with the Kennemer Impact Helpdesk
Haarlem worked with Stichting Stadsgarage on an online resource for sustainable business growth. Entrepreneurs find answers to frequently asked questions about impact purchasing, financing options, and municipal regulations. The Kennemer Impact Helpdesk includes online forms and phone contacts for business owners with more complex questions. Helpdesk users also find the Kennemer Inkoop Platform, which lists socially responsible vendors in categories like circular economy and poverty reduction.
San Luis Obispo, CA Eat Local Bonus program creates strong start to 2023 for local eateries
The one-month program offers $25 gift cards as rewards for purchases from restaurants and bars. Residents submit receipts totaling $100 per day to the local Chamber of Commerce. Eat Local Bonus allows three redemptions per participant through the end of January 2023 or as long as funds are available. Diners select their gift cards from a list of participating businesses. This incentive follows a Buy Local Bonus program that buoyed retailers early in the COVID-19 pandemic.
San Luis Obispo, CA