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Ohio communities need a better approach, one that fosters economic growth while also protecting the environment and supporting local businesses and workers. This is why the City of Oberlin, in partnership with Oberlin College and the city’s municipal utility have launched “The Oberlin Project” to make Oberlin the greenest little city in the U.S., grow the local economy in the process, and become a national model for sustainable economic development. This report is a policy blueprint to help Oberlin, and all Ohio communities, drive demand for clean energy while leveraging green investments to secure maximum value to the community. The four key components of this comprehensive strategy are designed to balance the three E’s of sustainable economic development—environment, economy, and equity.
The Behavioural Insights Team now has a growing programme of work that seeks to understand better the impact of individual's and businesses' behaviours on the economy, in order to find new ways of improving policy in the UK and overseas. For example, the interventions we started in UK Jobcentres two years ago have now been rolled out nationwide and introduced by governments in Singapore and Australia.
The Social and Behavioral Sciences Team 2016 Annual Report highlights SBST's progress implementing the President's directive over the past year in eight key policy areas: promoting retirement security, advancing economic opportunity, improving college access and affordability, responding to climate change, supporting criminal-justice reform, assisting job seekers, helping families get health coverage and stay healthy, and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of Federal Government operations.
The goal of the Portland Development Commission\'s Economic Development Strategy is to reorient its redevelopment activities to build the most sustainable economy in the U.S. by being first in green businesses, first in green jobs and first in green innovation. While ambitious, we applaud PDC for its foresight as well as its sound rationale for building its future economy in this direction. We concur that Portland truly has the foundation from which to build a recognizable, world class sustainable economy - an economy that leads to shared prosperity, is consistent with the city\'s sustainable way of life and ensures future growth through green development.
Sustainability is a fundamental component of building a strong community, not only in terms of the physical environment, but also for economic prosperity. Although the nexus between sustainability and economic development may not always be apparent and will certainly vary from place to place, local officials across the country are providing leadership and advancing economic strategies that incorporate environmental stewardship. In addition to a healthier environment for citizens, the benefits of greener economic development include cost savings through effective and efficient use of resources, less reliance on unsustainable energy sources and new jobs and economic investment. This guide highlights the sustainability efforts of four cities, Denver, Boston, Chattanooga, Tenn., and Grand Rapids, Mich., used to spur economic growth and the strategies they are pursuing.
Today, the energy sector in the United States and the national energy policy that determines how it evolves leaves the country exposed to three major, interconnected threats: weakened national security, environmental calamity caused by climate change, and an ongoing but largely unaddressed de-industrialization of the domestic economy. National energy policy must address these three basic national goals simultaneously.
The purpose of the Santa Clara Water District Board, on behalf of the people of Santa Clara County, is to see to it that the District provides Silicon Valley safe, clean water for a healthy life, environment, and economy.
In the aftermath of the Great Recession, America needs to move toward a more productive next economy that will be increasingly export-oriented, lower-carbon, and innovation-driven - as well as opportunity rich. At the same time, leading U.S. metropolitan areas - which drive the national economy - are mounting increasingly strategic, locally developed, and sophisticated initiatives to move in that direction themselves. And so the nation needs to take a new approach to economic development. Federal, state, and philanthropic actors all need to approach metros not as problems requiring programmatic handouts but as compelling investment opportunities for driving national prosperity. In keeping with that, the \"metropolitan business planning\" concept described in this brief proposes one approach for reorienting such interactions. Metropolitan business planning adapts the discipline of private-sector business planning to the task of revitalizing regional development. Such planning provides a framework through which regional business, civic, and government leaders can rigorously analyze the market position of their region; identify strategies by which to capitalize on their unique assets; specify catalytic products, policies, and interventions; and establish detailed operational and financial plans. These plans can then, in turn, be used to restructure federal, state, and philanthropic engagement in ways that invert the current top-down, highly siloed, and often ineffective approach to cities and metropolitan areas while bringing new efficiency to development activity.
This report examines the meanings and practices associated with the term \'smart cities.\' Smart city initiatives involve three components: information and communication technologies (ICTs) that generate and aggregate data; analytical tools which convert that data into usable information; and organizational structures that encourage collaboration, innovation, and the application of that information to solve public problems.