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This report provides 10 aggressive strategies that tackles multiple industry sectors and makes Ohio more sustainable.
The policies that specifically target the advancement of clean energy manufacturing are scarce. The BlueGreen Alliance recommends Ohio to focus on bolstering clean energy policies with programs exclusive to clean energy manufacturing. Simultaneously, It recommends expansion of tax incentives to ensure appropriate use of funds.
This document concludes a series of papers sponsored by the Ford Foundation on the subject of metrics for Cargo-Oriented Development (COD). This concise report is prepared for the benefit of corporate executives, public officials, and policy makers who want to quickly gain a familiarity with the core ideas of COD and the means of assessing it. The following links provide access to the interim COD reports, which paved the way for the development of the COD metrics. The accompanying technical report is forthcoming and will provide a more in-depth discussion of what COD entails and ways to measure its achievement.
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One barrier to economic development can be the overwhelming and expensive process of compliance with regulatory requirements for small businesses. A Pink Zone — an area where the red tape is lightened — is the locus for implementation of lean strategies and improvements, and it identifies an area where new protocols are pre-negotiated and experiments are conducted, all with the goal of removing impediments to economic development and community-building. This paper provides ideas, tools, and strategies to create and sustain Pink Zones to foster entrepreneurship and small business growth.
When trying to redevelop, small towns that have a lot of brownfields and abandoned properties have to adopt strategies that both meet the market and address complex risk factors that include social, political, and environmental risk. This kind of small, isolated, and former manufacturing towns could experience “disaffection”, a feeling of disconnectedness and isolation across the whole community. This article shares four strategies for redeveloping these small towns: Partnerships and Area-Wide Approaches, New Economy Techniques, Hybridizing Strategies, and Self-Sustenance. The key is to use a diverse set of techniques to address the social and institutional risks.
Cargo-Oriented Development (COD) provides an opportunity for mutually beneficial partnerships among the rail industry, logistics firms, and state and local governments. The benefits of this investment can be captured in substantially more efficient operations, environmental improvement, and job retention and creation. Class I railroads are investing more than $20 billion annually in facilities and equipment.
This report outlines the failed strategies the City of Long Beach took toward investing in tourism without ensuring this investment of public dollars produced good jobs. The report then makes suggestions for address the problem.
A city thrives when its residents thrive. Yet many families, even though they are employed fulltime, continue to struggle to meet their families' basic needs. Local elected officials across the country have discovered a way to strengthen working families while bringing more federal dollars into the local economy: by connecting eligible workers to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
Jobs can be created by restoring public sector jobs, investing in infrastructure, and investment in green energy. Employmeent compensation can be created by improving the income tax credit, retaining expandd medicaid, raise the minimum wage, and promoting community benefit agreements. To protect workers' rights, the state needs to prevent wage theft, enforce labor law and preserve collective bargaining. Simultaneously, the state should offer earned paid sick days, provide parental leave and invest in job trainning.