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A new platform is helping to democratise investing by making it easy for retail investors to support impact projects – New software tools support ESG investment

Enter fintech startup GoParity, and its platform that brings together social and environmental impact projects looking for funding with people who want to invest in sustainability. 

The Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity to Remake Downtown

Urban cores around the country were transforming into live, work, and play destinations before the pandemic. The pandemic was a setback for this transformation, but it could also be a rare opportunity. It’s up to city leadership to seize it.

USDA Offers Grants for Programs to Create High-Wage Jobs and New Businesses in Underserved Rural Communities

The Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) program provides grants for job accelerator partnerships that will serve people in low-income and underserved rural communities.

New Model Could Help Break Through Inefficiencies Of Common Water Treatment Systems

With their new technique, the duo also discovered a new system design that could make these technologies about 40% more energy efficient — and therefore more cost-effective — while producing the same amount and quality of clean drinking water.

Why venture capitalists should invest in nonprofits the same way we support tech startups

Peter Levine, a general partner at a16z, is leveraging his VC experience to support grassroots climate nonprofits with the Levine Impact Lab.

Millions of workers are subject to noncompete agreements. Noncompetes could soon be banned

The Federal Trade Commission took an a bold move on Thursday aimed at shifting the balance of power from companies to workers.

Commerce launches $100 million Capital Readiness Program for underserved entrepreneurs

The program will provide funding to incubators, accelerators and other eligible organizations to assist and train minority and other underserved entrepreneurs seeking resources, tools, and technical assistance to start or scale their businesses in high-growth industries such as healthcare, climate resilient technology, asset management, infrastructure, and more.

What Is a 15-Minute City?

The buzzword recently popularized by urbanists describes an urban form that dominated cities prior to the rise of autocentric planning.

Washington, Colorado, and Oregon: The Next Domestic Outmigration Wave?

What do these states have in common that could be deterring inbound migration?

Improving the FCC Maps

Please share the below information with your networks and colleagues regarding the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) first version of the National Broadband Map and open challenge process.  Look for an email invite from me in mid-January for a virtual event on NTIA’s new broadband programs and how you can get involved.