The Guardian / Angela Giuffrida / 01 April 2017
Italy has one of the most sluggish economies in the European Union, with the overall unemployment rate standing at 11.7% in January, figures from Istat, the national statistics agency, showed.
But there are some signs of recovery among small artisanal businesses, with hiring among them rising 2.3% in 2016, according to data from CNA, the national confederation of artisans and small businesses.
Claudio Giovine, a chief economist at CNA, said this is partly due to the economy in general performing mildly better and firms having more flexibility with work contracts.
There has been a trend among school leavers veering towards traditional trades, but also among graduates striking out alone, he added.
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Newterra / 22 March 2017
World Water Day is a great time to reflect on how precious every drop of water is, particularly when much of the world does not have access to clean, safe, drinking water. According to a report by World Health Organization (www.who.int), half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas by the year 2025. Given these facts, it’s easy to see how critically important it is that we think about ways to reuse wastewater. newterra (www.newterra.com), a leader in modular water, wastewater, and groundwater treatment solutions, is working hard to expand global access with innovative, safe, and efficient water treatment technology.
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OREC / 16 January 2017
The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op launches its fifth securities offering and is seeking to raise up to $2 million to invest in four local solar power projects. The Co-op’s latest projects include a rooftop project at both the Twin Elm Rugby Park and KIN Vineyard in Carp along with a ground mount system in Alfred, Ontario, and a rooftop system on a private building. These projects will start to produce power for the grid starting in June, 2017.
OREC’s previous four securities offerings raised $5.1 million, financing 13 solar rooftop projects in Ottawa – four of which are found on local French language schools.
“Working with the French school boards to install these solar projects has been such a pleasure. We are accomplishing our environmental and educational goals, while also providing a profitable, socially-responsible investment option for our members,” says Janice Ashworth, OREC’s General Manager.
Investments can be made by purchasing Preference Shares or Member Investment Notes and is open to all residents of Eastern Ontario who become members of the co-op. OREC’s preference shares have 20-year terms, are RRSP & TFSA-eligible, and average a 4% annual dividend plus return of capital over time. Member Investment Notes have five year terms and provide a fixed 3% annual return with the capital returned at the end of year five.
As opposed to a mutual fund where individual investors have little control, with a co-op, every investor becomes a member and has a vote in decisions that affect operations and investments.
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Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design / Angela Moreno-Long / 24 October 2016
Local food systems in rural communities can provide much more than just access to high quality food, food systems are linked to the economic vitality, sustainability and health of communities. The Iowa State University Community Design Lab produced an “Agricultural Urbanism” toolkit for revitalizing local food systems in order to create resilient communities, promote social equity and build financial sustainability. Don’t let the “urbanism” title fool you, agricultural urbanism is a process which can be used in cities and towns of any size across America–the key idea is integrating food systems and agriculture into the planning, design, and social fabric of communities. The Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit highlights pilot projects at multiple scales that use creative design solutions for local food systems.
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What if our economy actually served people and the planet, and built stronger communities? Instead of extracting resources, what if businesses built local wealth and resilience while regenerating ecosystems? And what if we create enterprises that provide good jobs, reduce income inequality, and lower our carbon footprint?
The Transition US REconomy Project seeks to explore these three questions and develop strategies to bring these economic ideals to life.
Join us to learn from some of the incredible businesses featured in our new REconomy Report 25 Enterprises that Build Resilience: Lopez Community Land Trust and the Local Investing Opportunities Network.
Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 – 1:00 pm – 2:15 am EST
Registration: To participate, register online and you will receive call information via email.
Transition Brockville / 28 October 2016
Brockville City Council will be considering a request from the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Network for financial support for the FAB Go Local campaign at the Council meeting on Tuesday, November 1, 7 pm. From the FABN written request:
In a nutshell: The FABN proposes to develop and implement a “Go Local” campaign that will promote sustainable community development within the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve. Local businesses and organizations play crucial roles in creating jobs, enhancing local character, and strengthening communities. Our “Go Local” campaign will specifically support local independent businesses and organizations in building thriving local economies.
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