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The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

16 April 2019

El Salvador

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Giving guns a nonviolent afterlife can also increase economic opportunity for struggling communities. In El Salvador, IM Swedish Development Partner, a nongovernmental organization, is addressing the issue of guns and...

FastCompany

Ruth Reader

14 March 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Manufacturing takes on a whole new meaning as urban companies shift from tough industrial worksites to clean, friendly buildings with well-paid positions. One such site, piloted in Brooklyn's Navy Yard, aims to humani...

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Larisa Ortiz

1 March 2019

Corning, New York, United States

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A planning expert dives into responses from cities around the country to the infrastructural red tape faced by many brick-and-mortar retail businesses in the wake of an ecommerce boom. In Corning, NY, city officials c...

Forbes

Amy Feldman

26 February 2019

Planegg, Germany

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Bringing in bio-manufactured materials can make existing commercial supply chains more sustainable. The German company AMSilk has created a plastic-free alternative to synthetic and farmed silk. By growing biodegradab...

The Gazette

Molly Duffy

22 February 2019

Pella, Iowa, United States

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In rural Iowa, employers are partnering with child-care providers to fill gaps for working parents. Take Vermeer, a manufacturing company out of Pella, Iowa. Vermeer recently purchased an old barn near its headquarter...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

24 January 2019

Thessaloniki, Greece

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Diverting trash from the landfill and into productive use is one way to help close the loop on consumer waste. In the Greek city of Thessaloniki, the Zero Waste Lab is turning plastic waste into new furniture for publ...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

12 December 2018

Vallejo, California, United States

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Development companies like FactoryOS have turned to industrial manufacturing and 3D printing in an attempt to hasten development timelines and reduce city and civilian costs. Construction crews build entire apartment ...

The New York Times

Stanley Reed

2 December 2018

Piscataway, New Jersey, United States

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Solidia, a cement and concrete technology company, is changing the chemistry of how cement is created that could make the building material cheaper and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Cement plants create more carbon...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

John Caniglia

David Knox

5 November 2018

Celina, Ohio, United States

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In Mercer County, Ohio, the economy is thriving - unlike other counties in the state that have been decimated by a loss of manufacturing jobs. So what is Mercer County doing differently? Aided by its location off a hi...

Metromode

Kate Roff

18 October 2018

Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States

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When jobs needed to be filled, AGS Automotive Systems and Michigan Staffing worked together to hire Iraqi refugees who had recently arrived in Michigan. The manufacturing industry is an ideal fit for refugees who can ...

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Fergus Peace

16 October 2018

Alexandria, Minnesota, United States

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Rural manufacturers in America are staying relevant by shifting focuses to hyper-specific product production. Industries work to balance efficiency with personalization in the changing manufacturing landscape of the 2...

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Emily Nonko

3 October 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Kate Sofis created SFMade in San Francisco to find creative ways to support local manufacturing. The organization has helped push the local government to create more inclusionary industrial zoning, which incentivizes ...

WYSO

Jason Reynolds

4 September 2018

Dayton, Ohio, United States

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A low-cost summer program in Dayton, Ohio run by Ohio University and business partners is introducing students to the 21st century high-tech manufacturing industry. The camp is working to dispel the notion that manufa...

Hyperallergic

Allison Meier

13 August 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Commemorating the nearly forgotten history of one of New York City’s first factories, Jackie Mock’s installation “The Pencil Museum” places items related to the history of Eberhard Faber’s pencil company in outdoor vi...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

13 August 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

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Food companies like General Mills and Hershey are sharing their expertise with entrepreneurs in Africa to help strengthen their businesses and depend less on foreign imports. Employees of the company volunteer through...

The New York Times

Ellen Rosen

3 August 2018

Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States

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Despite the supposed fear of automation taking away jobs, there is in fact a shortage of employees in the manufacturing industry. In rural areas where many manufacturing plants are located, companies are trying a vari...

Daily Monitor

Lilian Namagembe

26 April 2018

Uganda

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Nearly one million South Sudan refugees have fled to Uganda to seek refuge among a safer setting. With this rapid population growth, however, the environmental impacts have included massive deforestation in areas. Alt...

Greentumble

Deogracias Benjamin Kalima

3 April 2018

Makata, Malawi

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Solar power has long been thought of as the way to go to provide long-term environmentally friendly energy needs; however, the cost can deter those living in more remote areas. Cognizant of this, the firm Powered By N...

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Lewis Kendall

28 January 2018

Three Forks, Montana, United States

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Unlike many other small Montana towns, the community of Three Forks has managed to humbly thrive by investing in several economic drivers rather than rely solely on the railroad as its only large employer. With boomin...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Jason Margolis

11 January 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Monitoring usage incentivizes water-intensive companies to develop water-saving techniques. Boston-based nonprofit, CERES, helps companies like Pepsi and Levi’s develop more sustainable practices. For example, Pepsi r...

UPROXX

Alia Stearns

5 December 2017

Dallas, Texas, United States

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A startling 70% of blind persons in the United States are unemployed. The Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind is helping shift the understanding of what types of jobs are available to this population with a revolutionary ...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Jane M. Von Bergen

11 November 2017

Winchester, Tennessee, United States

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In rural Tennessee the unemployment rate can be very high, making it hard for inmates to find jobs upon their release, which then increases the rate of recidivism. The Rural Reentry Program has set up training program...

Devex

Catherine Cheney

26 October 2017

New Delhi, Delhi, India

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It's been proven within the cookstove industry that providing free cleaner-energy stoves to those cooking with traditional stoves or over open flame does not work as planned. Inyenyeri, a Rwandan cookstove company how...

The GroundTruth Project

Frank Dutan

2 October 2017

Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

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Despite heavy pressure, attending college is not for everyone, and a university degree no longer guarantees job placement; meanwhile industries like manufacturing are facing a decline in interested, qualified workers....

The New York Times

Jack Ewing

21 September 2017

Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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With nearly one in five Germans working in manufacturing, the closing of steel mills and coal mines spelled trouble. Instead of despairing, blue-collar cities such as Dortmund leapt into the future. State and local of...

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