Velena Jones

BARABOO, Wis - A dairy crisis is averted as dozens of Wisconsin farmers have found a new home for their milk but those homes are not necessarily permanent.

Foremost farms is just one of the milk buyers that took in a number of those farmers but with most of their plants at max capacity, Joan Behr, senior director of Foremost Farms...MORE

Charlie Spies

When Emmi Roth USA was crowned as 2016 World Champion at the World Championship Cheese Contest for the first time since 1988, the winners included more than the food manufacturer that crafted the new regional specialty cheese. The real beneficiaries were the employees, local dairy farmers and communities that surround the Monroe, Wis.-based cheesemaker....MORE

CEI Capital Management LLC

CEI Capital Management, LLC, a leading investor of New Market Tax Credits, today announced Aimee Cates has been promoted to Investment Officer and Elizabeth “Libby” Chenevert has been promoted to Asset and Relationship Manager.

In the role of Investment Officer, Ms. Cates will play a critical role in sourcing, underwriting, and closing New Markets...MORE

H. Claire Brown

...The economics of the peanut industry are in no way as precise and frictionless as a nut’s journey from ground to jar. Though their hands may never touch the plant itself, farmers and shellers and buyers are all part of a web of power dynamics that shift dramatically when the winds change at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) or bad weather...MORE

Leah B. Thibault

Various federal and state financial incentives can further the growth and expansion of businesses committed to making a positive social impact through their daily operations, particularly if that means creating jobs in low-income communities with high unemployment.

Rural counties from New England to the American South to Hawaii are attracting socially...MORE

Ben Gilman, special to the Press Herald

AUGUSTA — The nonpartisan Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability recently released its comprehensive report on the New Markets Capital Investment Program. The report showed what many of us in the economic development business know first-hand to be true: When government and the private sector work together, Maine wins....


Charlie Spies

Buzz saws are carving the future for rural workers at the oldest and most successful quality hardwood plywood manufacturer in rural South Carolina, but that almost wasn’t the case. Although Darlington Veneer stood proud since its founding in 1918, even during the Great Depression, its key subsidiary was close to closing after the last economic downturn....MORE


January 30, 2017 -- The Presidential Leadership Scholars program, a unique leadership development initiative that draws upon the resources of the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson, today announced that Tom Dolan has been selected to participate. Dolan, Chief Operating Officer of CEI Capital...MORE

Leah B. Thibault, CEI Capital Management LLC

Last year, quarterly coal production in the U.S. was at its lowest since 1981 — representing a 23.5 percent fall off over the seven years starting 2008.

The loss of this industry, which has been a way of life for many in places like Appalachia, Wyoming and Montana, has left residents in coal-producing regions without jobs or a clear sense of their...MORE

Tax Credit Advisor

The December issue of Tax Credit Advisor, dedicated entirely to NMTCs an includes several quotes from CCML CEO Charlie Spies.

“But these are complex transactions with complex funding stacks,” Spies continues. “Everyone has to be very careful. The borrower gets a lower cost of funds. The investor gets a benefit. The community is improved. To me, this...MORE