Local Gift Cards Boost Economy, Help Protect & Create Jobs by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. With the economy in the dump, and faith in national decision makers at an all-time low, is it time to take local action to create jobs and protect local employers — can a community do well, by doing good? Some …

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 How do we Measure "Progress"?  by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. I could truthfully tell you that 46 percent of high school students had sex in 2009, and horrify you. Or I could tell you this percentage has fallen from 54 percent in 1991 and make you feel things are at least going in the right …

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Virtual Co-Op Links Farmers and Restaurants by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. It is possible to create jobs, have healthier diets and improve the local economy by re-birthing local agriculture on small plots of land. Each pound of lettuce or eggs or beef shipped from California, Latin America or Mexico raises our dependency on foreign oil. …

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Suburban Design cuts Crime 90%, Energy 70%, and Water 33% by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. The Village Homes community began development in 1975 and is located on 70 acres near downtown Davis, California. It consists of 225 homes, 20 apartment units, a Community Center with several businesses and an inn. Residents share 23 acres of …

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Happiness and Emotional Health Designed into City Planning by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. It’s no accident that San Luis Obispo is the happiest city in the United States.  San Luis Obispo has a population of 44,000 people, and, according to a 2008 Gallup-Healthway Poll, ranked number 1 in the U.S. in overall emotional health.  (Click on Image) …

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Tracking Quality of Life:  The JCCI Quality of Life Progress Report   Since 1985, JCCI has been developing a system to track indicators of the quality of life in Jacksonville, Fla. and surrounding communities. Tracking both positive and negative trends, this "community progress report" provides an ongoing analysis of the region. The annual report also helps …

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