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Establishing a Best Path Forward Toward Private University-Community Relations

March 15, 2024 / Comments Off on Establishing a Best Path Forward Toward Private University-Community Relations

Private universities now understand the positive shared successes interwoven between higher education institutions and their respective municipalities. Some would say the best answer to create shared prosperity lies in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT)—voluntary contributions from tax-exempt private nonprofits, serving as alternatives to traditional property tax obligations. Most PILOTs are paid by private universities […]

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How Can Location Intelligence Help Identify Affordable Housing Development Opportunities

March 1, 2024 / Comments Off on How Can Location Intelligence Help Identify Affordable Housing Development Opportunities

The real estate adage “location, location, location” is as relevant today as it has ever been, encapsulating the essence of what makes a property valuable. Traditionally, the real estate market has leaned heavily on local knowledge to decipher urban patterns, historical trends, and the subtle distinctions between neighborhoods and their surrounding environments. This method, while […]

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A Look at 15-Minute Cities

February 23, 2024 / Comments Off on A Look at 15-Minute Cities

Coined by Carlos Moreno, an associate professor at the Sorbonne Business School in Paris, the concept of 15-minute cities became popularized in 2019 after Anne Hidalgo, Paris’s mayor, adopted it as policy. It was first introduced at the United Nations COP21 summit in 2015, when the Paris Agreement was adopted.   The idea recognizes that cities […]

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Good Governance: The Importance of the Board of Trustees

February 16, 2024 / Comments Off on Good Governance: The Importance of the Board of Trustees

Nonprofit organizations do well to look at publicly held corporations and their governance practices as modern roadmaps to governance excellence. In the corporate world, board positions are highly coveted roles, reserved for the most skilled and connected corporate executive leadership. In the past, nonprofit board roles were seen as a way for directors to perfect […]

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Retail in the 21st Century: Patterns and Trends to Watch

February 9, 2024 / Comments Off on Retail in the 21st Century: Patterns and Trends to Watch

By Catherine Timko, Senior Advisor   Ecommerce is not separate from retail…It’s all retail “Shop ‘til You Drop” having heard this phrase repeatedly leading up to the holidays, I decided to do a little digging to understand where it originated. The phrase, found in print as early as the 1920s, started as an advertising slogan. […]

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ESI’s Climate Resilience Index: Final Update and Future Implications

February 2, 2024 / Comments Off on ESI’s Climate Resilience Index: Final Update and Future Implications

Since our most recent update on the development of ESI’s climate resilience index, we want to provide a final update before its official release outlining critical changes made during development and discussion of the index’s potential for future use. In addition, recognizing the limitations of the index will be vital for interpreting results and discerning […]

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