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Equitable Wilmington Collaborative White Paper

April 30, 2021 / Comments Off on Equitable Wilmington Collaborative White Paper

The Equitable Wilmington Collaborative received a three-year, $4 million investment through JPMorgan Chase’s Partnerships for Raising Opportunity in Neighborhoods (PRO Neighborhoods) program. Funds from this investment support the redevelopment of vacant and blighted homes, small business support, and the development of community facilities. The Collaborative’s three members are Cinnaire, NCALL Loan Fund, and True Access […]

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Think Tanks in a Post-COVID Era

April 30, 2021 / Comments Off on Think Tanks in a Post-COVID Era

Think tanks, independent from government, provide expert advice on a diverse range of policy issues and products topics such as social policy, economics, and technology through interdisciplinary research. In the policy-making process, think tanks can play critical roles in stages such as setting the policy agenda, designing policy interventions, policy advocacy, monitoring the policy implementation, […]

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Cybersecurity: A Smart City Imperative

April 23, 2021 / Comments Off on Cybersecurity: A Smart City Imperative

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted to cities around the world the importance of smart city programs—the use of technology, data, and innovative solutions to address their social, environmental, and economic challenges. Indeed, 65% of city leaders surveyed in 2020 as part of ESI ThoughtLab’s Smart City Solutions for a Risker World reported that the top lessons […]

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Stumped? Understanding Lumber Prices.

April 16, 2021 / Comments Off on Stumped? Understanding Lumber Prices.

Over the past year, the construction industry has been buffeted by many factors due to the fallout from the spread of the coronavirus. One area that has proved particularly troublesome is the rapid increase in prices for construction materials. One specific item—lumber—is notable for its sharp increase in price that has remained high for a […]

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Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grants

April 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grants

Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity, or RAISE Transportation Discretionary Grant program (formerly known as BUILD), provides a unique opportunity for the U.S. Department of Transportation to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives. Determining the costs, benefits, and positive impacts of large infrastructure projects requires […]

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After US and China Alaska Meeting: A 2021 Outlook for US-China Relations

April 9, 2021 / Comments Off on After US and China Alaska Meeting: A 2021 Outlook for US-China Relations

On March 18th and 19th 2021, the first high-level diplomatic meeting since Biden’s election took place in Anchorage, Alaska against the backdrop of deteriorating bilateral relations of the two countries. The meeting opened with heated exchanges of rebukes of each other’s policies, but followed with much more rational and constructive discussions, which suggests that both […]

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