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News from the Neighborhood: January 13, 2016

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Honored to be Recognized in the GovTech 100 for Helping Modernize Public Finance

“It is an overnight success 30 years in the making. As we see it, technology in government has reached an inflection point. With states and localities themselves spending nearly $100 billion annually on IT, the public sector has always been a massive consumer of technology and a major market for the companies serving them. But over the last several years there has been a fundamental shift in what was a surprisingly staid market.”
Ryan KlausNews from the Neighborhood: January 13, 2016

News from the Neighborhood: December 16, 2016

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How 4 Million Commutes Shape America's 'Megaregions'

“Cities have “limits,” drawn to mark populations and bound services, but they are porous as scrim. Cars, cash, freight and natural resources flow readily between neighboring jurisdictions, following the market more than any lines on a map. ”
SeanNews from the Neighborhood: December 16, 2016

News from the Neighborhood: December 2, 2016

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Pricing, Transparency, and Technology: The Digital Future of the Municipal Bond

“The world as Americans know it has been built using funding raised through municipal bonds. Do you park in public lots? Fly out of airports? Ever driven across a bridge? Many of the things that we take for granted in our day to day lives illustrate the importance of funding from municipal bonds.”
SeanNews from the Neighborhood: December 2, 2016

News from the Neighborhood: November 18, 2016

Economic Gobbledygook, Mathematical Models of Herding Cows, Grocers Feel Chill from Millennials, California’s Booming yet Many of Its Cities Aren’t Feeling It

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How Economic Gobbledygook Divides Us

"As a rule of thumb, texts aimed at a general audience must be written at a 10th-grade level or below. The literature of finance, by contrast, uses a far more esoteric tool kit."
Private sector bank output tends to require a reading level of Grade 12 and Bank of England writing requires a reading level of Grade 14.
Fourteenth grade … who among us doesn’t have happy memories of that?
SeanNews from the Neighborhood: November 18, 2016

News from the Neighborhood: October 21, 2016

Social Impact Bonds, Local Businesses, Crowdfunding in Africa, Fintech is Substance and Hype

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Social Impact Bonds: What are the Problems Behind the Name?

Social impact bonds hold extraordinary potential. They represent a more effective way to distribute grant dollars, catalyze investment in the nonprofit sector, unlock impact data, and foster greater transparency and accountability. For a nonprofit sector that to date has been shackled with an opaque and inefficient capital market, any of these benefits would be transformative.
SeanNews from the Neighborhood: October 21, 2016