Posts in Economic Development
It's time to address the standards, risks and norms of investing for impact

While there are some challenges that both investors and businesses face in creating a net positive impact, there are still ways in which we can ensure that investments are positively impacting society.

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5 USDA funding/financing opportunities for rural communities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers loans, grants and loan guarantees to help create jobs and support economic development and essential services such as housing, health care, first responder services and equipment, and water, electric and communications infrastructure.

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Shaping the Future of Impact Investing

From AI to blockchain, what separates the hype from the real opportunities in the new age of investing technology? Join editors from The Economist  and leaders from Venture Smarter, the world's premier financial institutions, wealthiest families, largest companies, most innovative startups and most influential foundations for the third annual Investing for Impact event.

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Opp Zone leaders eager to activate P3 infrastructure projects

This January, we were happy to co-host the U.S. Opportunity Zone Expo in partnership with the US Dept. of Treasury and the National Infrastructure and Investment Alliance (NIIA). Here are a few takeaways from Venture Smarter’s SVP of Governance and Policy, Rhonda Binda.

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Key industry events to attend in February

Join Venture Smarter and our partners at one or more of these events to connect with industry insiders, practitioners, solution partners, and project planners working to build better places to live, work, and visit. 

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Are Smart Cities getting Smarter? — The Washington Post Live

The Washington Post Live: Innovative startups and advocates who are working with urban communities to create the digital infrastructure for the cities of tomorrow discuss the opportunities and challenges of smart cities.

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Apply for the Smart Rural Community Collaboration Challenge

The Smart Rural Community® Collaboration Challenge is an opportunity for rural broadband providers to obtain up to $5,000 to deploy broadband-enabled solutions for community-oriented initiatives, including economic development, education, health care and public safety.

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Smart infrastructure challenge announces winners of $50 million in seed funding

StateScoop — Four development teams have taken home top prizes in a competition for advanced infrastructure proposals, each securing up to $10 million in investment capital.

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Minneapolis releases final draft of 2040 comprehensive plan | Smart Cities Dive

Minneapolis has released the final draft of its comprehensive plan, Minneapolis 2040. The lengthy plan — about 500 pages — covers the city's governance over the next 20 years on topics including technology and innovation, infrastructure, transportation, housing and racial equity.

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Colorado Smart Cities Alliance Receives Grant to Create Colorado Open Lab Supporting Smart Cities Development

The Colorado Smart Cities Alliance will partner with Arrow Electronics Inc. to create the new Colorado Open Lab – a large-scale showcase and innovation lab dedicated to fast-track development of Smart Cities and Smart Regions throughout the state of Colorado.

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Silicon Harlem Tech-Enabled Community (TEC) Consortium — 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge

The Silicon Harlem Tech-Enabled Community (TEC) Consortium is on a mission to achieve successful broad-based dissemination of smart city applications and services in the historically underserved urban communities of Harlem and Upper Manhattan.

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USDA Prioritizing Projects focused on Regional Economic Development

Projects that promote regional economic development can capitalize upon the unique strengths of specific rural areas. USDA Rural Development helps finance these projects by helping applicants overcome multi-jurisdictional challenges and by helping leverage federal, state, local or private funding.

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5 things you didn't know about Israel's smart city efforts

The Israeli people are using their most plentiful natural resource, their brain power, to fuel advancements in multiple disciplines to ensure a brighter tomorrow for future generations in their own country and for the benefit of all people spanning the globe.

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JPMC's $500M AdvancingCities Initiative seeks to drive inclusive growth in communities around the world

The AdvancingCities Challenge will make investments of up to $3 million in cities to support creative, collaborative and sustainable solutions that address cross-cutting challenges to help more people benefit from a growing economy.

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Congressional Smart Cities Caucus to discuss 'A Movement for Inclusion to Seize 21st Century Opportunities'

On Friday, September 14th, Rep. Yvette D. Clarke will host her panel entitled "Smart Cities and You Part II: A Movement for Inclusion to Seize 21st Century Opportunities" during CBCF's 48th Annual Legislative Conference.

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USDA to Implement Regulatory Reforms to Increase Access to Capital in Rural Areas

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is hosting listening sessions to solicit feedback on a plan to increase access to capital in rural areas by streamlining regulations for four Rural Development loan guarantee programs.

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Indiana Broadband: State Commits $100M; New Study Shows Value of High-Speed Access - America's Electric Cooperatives

The state of Indiana will invest $100 million to develop high-speed internet access in its sparsely populated counties. The announcement comes on the heels of new research showing the state could gain $12 billion in economic benefits from rural broadband service.

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