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- An Alternative to Eminent Domain
by Yu-Hung Hong, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Controversy over the public taking of land through eminent domain intensified after the Supreme
Court backed a 2000 New London taking. In contrast, an approach practiced abroad can help all
stakeholders share in the benefits of economic development projects.
- Holbrook’s Wharf, Cundy’s Harbor, Maine
by Heidi Shott, Genesis Community Loan Fund
A monumental effort by a broad spectrum of concerned individuals, companies, government bodies,
and nonprofit funders saved a Maine wharf and the way of life that had grown up around it over
- Mapping New England: Heating Fuel in Southern New England
by Kai-Yan Lee, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Two maps of southern New England tap 2006 American Community Survey data to show the heating
fuels most often used in owner-occupied housing units versus the fuels favored in renter-occupied units.
- Building a Workforce from Preschool Up
by Mary K. Grant, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
With the western Massachusetts economy struggling in 2005, area leaders formed the Berkshire
Compact to develop solutions. As the cornerstone of a comprehensive plan, members are pursuing
efforts to interest children at younger ages in higher education.
- Improving Opportunities for Abenaki Youth
First Person with Ken Maskell, University of Vermont Abenaki Outreach Program,
and Jeff Benay, Franklin County Director of Indian Education
After generations of neglect, Vermont’s Abenaki Indians are getting academic and personal support in
high school and attending college, thanks to Ken Maskell and Jeff Benay.
- When Motivation Means Opportunity: Training for Real Jobs
by Gerald Ghazi, Vermont HITEC Inc.
Vermont and New Hampshire companies needing workers with specialized skills are turning to
Vermont HITEC’s training programs. The organization works with companies to screen the unemployed
and underemployed for motivation and to train them for guaranteed, well-paid jobs.
- Regionalism Picks Up Speed
by Chuck Morgan, Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission
Initiatives crossing northern New England state borders—including Amtrak’s Downeaster service,
joint Maine and New Hampshire efforts to save Portsmouth Naval Shipyard jobs, and Northern Forest
Center collaborations—suggest regional economic activity is bigger than ever.
- New Hampshire’s Minimum Wage
by Antoniya Owens, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
New Hampshire has increased its minimum wage for the first time in ten years—to $6.50 in
September 2007 and to $7.25 in September 2008. Antoniya Owens weighs the likely impact on
wages and employment.
- Capacity Building for Nonprofits: A Hartford Example
by Anne Sherman, TCC Group
Like for-profit organizations, nonprofits need strong infrastructure to ensure long-term effectiveness
and to respond to increasing demands for accountability. Our Piece of the Pie in Hartford is one
nonprofit that benefited from building its organizational capacity.
- Providence Business Uplifts the Poor
by Linda Watkins, Amos House
Amos House is building on expertise acquired while feeding the homeless and providing school
lunches. Its More Than A Meal catering division teaches food-service skills to people in need and
offers clients professional, market-rate catering.
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