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Bryn Nelson

8 May 2018

Cuba

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The demise of coral reefs has made headlines recently as conservationists face the challenge of trying to save what is left of them from global warming, ocean acidification, pollution, overfishing – to name just a few...

Great Falls Tribune

Seaborn Larson

19 March 2018

Choteau, Montana, United States

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Small towns along the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana have a history of putting on summer festivals to attract locals and tourists alike and to earn funds to benefit their communities. As the festivals now face challe...

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Lewis Kendall

18 March 2018

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

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Bozeman, Montana, a city grappling with how to plan for growth in a smart and strategic way, is looking to learn from Fort Collins, Colorado. The two cities are similar in terms of the features that make them appealin...

The Guardian

Joe Dodgshun

7 March 2018

Berlin, Germany

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At the world’s most popular sites, innovations in tourism management can benefit both visitors and residents. Marketing efforts in Iceland are successfully distributing tourists all over the country throughout the yea...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Manuel Rueda

7 March 2018

Cali, Colombia

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Cities near some of Columbia's national forests have seen a dramatic increase in their bird populations and tourism numbers after fighting between the government and guerilla groups quieted down. Many locals are findi...

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Katheryn Houghton

4 February 2018

Sisters, Oregon, United States

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The small town of Sisters, Oregon seemed doomed to being a bedroom community, a place where people lived but worked elsewhere, until the town tried something new. Developers found a creative way to work with the town ...

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Odette Chalaby

22 January 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A new ordinance in Chicago requires hotels to give panic buttons to employees working in rooms alone. 58 percent of the city’s hotel workers report having experienced flashing, groping, and other forms of sexual haras...

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Andi Bourne

12 January 2018

Challis, Idaho, United States

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Challis, Idaho is a small town, where mining and ranching are the main economies - but with employment and revenue down, the town is turning to recreation to bolster the economy. A collaboration between the Great Basi...

Seeley Swan Pathfinder

Micah Drew

12 January 2018

Ovando, Montana, United States

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Ovando, Montana, a tiny town just off a main highway, has benefited from economic growth as a result of almost one thousand cyclists who ride through each year. The Ovando Community Fund was started to build appropria...

High Country News

Eric Dietrich

10 January 2018

Philipsburg, Montana, United States

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While many rural towns have struggled to retain residents and jobs, Philipsburg, Montana has enjoyed a newly bustling downtown because of tourism brought to the town by businesses with long-term advertising and renewa...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Arthur Nazaryan

1 December 2017

Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Changing the culture around kickboxing in Thailand creates more opportunities for female fighters. Although cultural traditions still bar female fighters from events at official stadiums, the culture of kickboxing is ...

NMPolitics.net

Heath Haussaman

16 October 2017

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, United States

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Truth or Consequences is a town facing many growth barriers such as an aging population and low average income. Entrepreneurs are seeing an opportunity to develop businesses in this town which is helping to revolution...

High Country News

Leah Todd Lin

16 October 2017

Pagosa Springs, Colorado, United States

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Rural counties across the West are grappling with how to entice more young people to remain local, but a few counties demonstrate what it takes to succeed. By focusing on niche tourism industries, education, and housi...

Route 40

Elinor Comlay

27 September 2017

Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

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A needle exchange in Atlantic city has resulted in used needles visibly strewn around the surrounding area, which is also a popular area with tourists. The government as well as locals aren't happy with the the needle...

Politico

Richard Danielson

15 June 2017

Tampa, Florida, United States

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Tampa's downtown used to be an industrial wasteland. After six mayors, 40 years, and half a billion dollars of investment later, the city's downtown is thriving. That's just the tip of the iceberg, as Strategic Proper...

Bloomberg CityLab

Halima Ali

30 May 2017

London, United Kingdom

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The Good Hotel floats on a platform off the dock in London and provides the long-term unemployed with job training and jobs in the hotel industry. Located in an area that is low-income, poor housing, and a largely une...

Al Jazeera

Martha Pskowski

12 May 2017

San Jose Calderas, Chimaltenango, Guatemala

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The United States deported more than 100 people to the farming village of San Jose Calderas in 2008. Money lenders and gang members quickly descended on the deportees, demanding payments and taking property. Some depo...

The Guardian

Lucy Lamble

Kary Stewart

27 April 2017

Colombia

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Local civil society groups are at the forefront of rebuilding Colombia. With decades of armed conflict officially ended, efforts to support a lasting peace focus on inequality and land issues and work to advance susta...

National Geographic

Tik Root

2 January 2017

Oakland, California, United States

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At the vanguard of initiatives to increase diversity among visitors to the National Parks are groups like Oakland, CA-based H.E.A.T.—Hiking Every Available Trail -- which uses social media and group park expeditions t...

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Staci Matlock

24 November 2016

Raton, New Mexico, United States

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Raton, a town once surrounded by eight coal mines, now has a main street of boarded-up buildings. There is reason for optimism as the town diversifies its local economy, betting on "a mix of small manufacturing busine...

Vice

Jacob Kushner

7 November 2016

United States

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Fathom is the world's first-ever cruise line for people who want to vacation and volunteer as a way of helping poor families in the Dominican Republic have concrete floors, water filters etc. However, the impact of th...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

9 September 2016

Eastport, Maine, United States

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Creating spaces for art and artists to thrive can have a positive impact on a city’s economy. By converting disused buildings into studio spaces and galleries for artists, the Tides Institute and Museum of Art (TIMA) ...

NBC News

Safia Samee Ali

7 August 2016

United States

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As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th Anniversary, employees and rangers are turning their attention towards maximizing diversity and increasing a culture of inclusiveness amongst park visitors and employe...

Sierra Club

Melanie Haiken

8 June 2016

United States

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Tourism to National Parks throughout the U.S. has a diversity issue. Although this stems from various foundations, one area the park service has focused their attention is in transportation. From buses to trolleys to ...

Orange County Register

Jordan Graham

7 October 2015

Costa Mesa, California, United States

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Illicit activity is rampant in the rundown motel rooms dotting Costa Mesa’s Harbor and Newport boulevards. Officials think they finally have a plan to make some of those motels disappear: Property zoning.

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