Consider the dilemma governors and legislators across the country were facing as they began their 2013 legislative sessions: Mounting needs to repair and upgrade their states’ transportation infrastructure, but bad news all around when it came to finding the money to pay for it all.
All 50 states rely, at least in part, on taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel — the “gas tax” — to pay for the upkeep of roads and bridges and build new ones. Some states also contribute a share to public transportation. Time was, it was the most dependable source around: As more people drove more miles, more money came in. But now, says James Corless, director of the coalition Transportation for America. “Cars are getting more efficient, and people are actually driving less per person.”
Denver-based serial entrepreneur Jim Deters has been around the block (more than a few times) creating software companies from scratch.
Or as he puts it, “this isn’t my first rodeo.”
“I’m a tech entrepreneur who’s been building software firms since I was 20 years old, and that’s all I know how to do,” said Deters, 38.
Deters is the brains behind Galvanize, a 78,000-square-foot collaborative workspace community for startups in the Golden Triangle of Denver. He’s in the process of opening a second project in the Mile High City’s Lower Downtown, known locally as “LoDo.”
Galvanize is one of a number of new and creative work spaces popping up around the country that are re-inventing shared space where entrepreneurs have traditional office services and abundant internet bandwidth. Better yet, they also have access to office hours with seasoned mentors and seminars, and support each other with programs aimed at helping startups succeed. The first of these new office settings were on the coasts, but they have now spread to the Heartland. Deters said he was inspired by Rocketspace in San Francisco and 1871 in Chicago.
When Bob and Jane Greenberg moved from Vermont to the Seattle area to be closer to their children and grandchildren, a 1,000-square-foot cottage turned out to be the ideal solution to their housing needs.
After living in a bigger house on a large tract of land outside Seattle and a small transitional apartment in the city, the Greenbergs bought a home at Ericksen Cottages, an 11-unit community on Bainbridge Island west of Seattle. The Bainbridge Island website describes it as a “vibrant, diverse community — rich in history, culture, and natural beauty.”
When it comes to transforming downtowns into bustling, pedestrian friendly areas, many cities are turning to short stretches of streetcar lines to connect geographic areas and encourage cohesion with other forms of transportation.
What do rock bands, political movements, environmental groups, disaster-relief efforts, independent movie producers, playwrights, citizen journalists and a new Washington, D.C.based investment platform called Fundrise all have in common?
They’ve turned to the Internet and something called crowd-sourced financing as a way to raise money and enthusiasm for their projects.
This trend is also known as crowdfunding. In the case of Fundrise, its aim is to help developers raise money for projects by selling small amounts of equity to numerous investors.
On Dec. 5, 2013 the U.S. House passed the H.R. 3309 “Innovation Act” aimed at curbing abuses in the patent litigation system.