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08-08-17

The plantain shop that grew into a pillar of the Roxbury community

ICIC

Tropical Foods, located in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, has been around since 1974. It was founded by Pastor Medina, an immigrant from Cuba, who originally rented a small location and sold only plantains. At the time, plantains were not widely known in the U.S., but the Hispanic clientele who shopped there took to calling the store “El Platanero,” a name some customers still use. However, Tropical Foods has grown considerably since its days as a plantain shop. Read More




06-15-17

Small businesses seize opportunities in renewable energy

ICIC

Small businesses have been making major moves in an industry that is anything but small: renewable energy. In the United States, nearly 800,000 jobs have been created because of renewable energy, and the industry is showing no signs of slowing down. Since 2016, solar energy has been creating jobs at 17 times the rate of the national economy, and a new wind turbine gets installed in the United States every 2.4 hours. Participation in this industry puts a company at the vanguard of the energy sector, allowing them to grow with the demand for “green” energy. Read More


06-13-17

Inclusive Prosperity Is Incredibly Rare

ICIC

America may be prosperous but it is not inclusive. On the one hand, the nation and its cities and metro areas are still recovering from the economic trauma of the Great Recession: Economic output is up and unemployment is down. But on the other hand, the gains from that economic recovery are disproportionately concentrated among a relatively small number of advantaged groups and advantaged places. Inclusive prosperity has proven distressingly elusive; wide swaths of cities and metros and large groups of people have missed out on the economic rebound. Read More


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