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How Cities Are Rethinking (and Saving) Recycling

October 16th, 2018

The city of Kirkwood, Missouri, recently announced that it would continue curbside recycling for residents. This may not seem like big news, but the decision comes after a month of speculation that the service would need to be terminated — even as Mayor Tim Griffin committed to do “everything we can to save our curbside…

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Halloween Spending Statistics, Facts and Trends

October 11th, 2018

Halloween retail spending will be $9 billion in 2018. It’s a little less than 2017’s record of $9.1 billion. Slightly fewer, 175 million, will celebrate. They will spend a record $86.79 per person, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey. One reason is that Halloween is a very affordable holiday. It doesn’t cost as much as Christmas or…

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Communities can prevent violence

October 1st, 2018

By Larry Cohen via Every day the news is flooded with stories of different types of violence. On what seems like a daily basis, we’re bombarded with relentless reports of violence in this country. Our register of national tragedies keeps growing: hate crimes, mass shootings, and #Metoo headlines are only the most recent outbreaks…

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A Potential Solution To Crime And Poverty: Hiring More Criminals

October 1st, 2018

by Aakash Kumar | Via The last section of this multi-part series covers the impact of a criminal record on nearly 65 million Americans’ ability to find work and how a prior background becomes a one-way ticket to poverty and ongoing criminal behavior. (See the first and second installments in this series). The Sentencing…

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Can Craft Breweries Have a Positive Impact on Crime?

October 1st, 2018

By Farrell Tiller, Economic Development Manager RMA has observed firsthand craft breweries facilitating economic development in client cities such as Oakland Park, Pompano Beach, Titusville and many others. It is no secret that breweries tend to have a positive impact on the revitalization of a community. However, little has been made on the effects (positive…

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