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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Good Jobs First
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development, Finance & Procurement
The intensification of economic inequality, one of the defining issues of our times, has many causes, ranging from the weakening of labor unions to the decimation of inheritance taxes. This report argues that another factor belongs on the list: subsidies given by state and local governments...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source American Sustainable Business Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Finance & Procurement
This report outlines the unique barriers facing women and minority-owned businesses. It also outlines policy solutions for closing the funding gap for women and minority-owned businesses....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Community Development, Public Spaces, Democracy & Governance
Businesses owned by people of color create jobs and build wealth in communities of color. Yet despite rapid growth of entrepreneurship among people of color - and women of color in particular - these businesses face significant barriers to growth and success. Government spending on...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Community Development
While big businesses dominate global markets, command the entrenched financial and banking powers and are incentivized by misguided government policy, emerging startups can disrupt the status quo and prove that local economies can compete successfully if they connect with their customer...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level County
State(s) California
Source California State University
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
This report assesses the economic impact of the state government contracting with small businesses (SBs) and disabled veteran business enterprises (DVBEs). It finds that these contracts created significant economic benefits including job creation, higher net gross state product (GSP),...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
This report evaluates in detail the renewable energy laws of Nevada and Michigan, discusses the progress made, missed opportunities, and bad implementation. It also discusses the threats that climate change and de-industrialization as an economic development pose against energy security...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source The Democracy Collaborative
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development
This report details the city of Rochester’s (NY) project to coordinate and develop worker-owned cooperative businesses in their strategy for comprehensive wealth building. The project had six crucial functions, including engaging in strategic partnerships, ensuring the success of...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source The Democracy Collaborative
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance
This report explores the existing landscape of employee ownership opportunities for impact investors and highlights emerging models and strategies for inclusive investment in Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and worker cooperatives. The benefits of employee ownership as a strategy...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Center for Data Innovation
Policy Areas Data & Technology
Businesses in the real estate, financial services, and air travel industries have taken steps to limit third-party access to their data in ways that restrict competition, reduce market transparency, and harm consumers. In order to prevent this behavior, this report recommends that...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Data & Technology
This report outlines the results of the National League of Cities' (NLC's) "Local Economic Conditions" survey, which examines cities' relationships with "sharing economy" companies (i.e. Uber, Lyft, Airbnb), their level of support for these companies, the benefits and concerns associated...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level County
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Community Development, Finance & Procurement, Economic Justice
Local leaders recognize and often publicly tout the importance of a strong, growing entrepreneurial and small business community. Yet, when it comes to supporting entrepreneurs in practice, many local leaders are unsure how they can make a real impact. This tool kit examines the question:...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Government Finance Officers Association
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources
COVID-19 has forced employees and also forced organizations to rethink business processes that require access to the office or involve large amounts of paper. Governments have an opportunity to eliminate or rethink paper-based business processes to operate effectively under current...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Virginia
Source Alexandria City Council
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice
This ordinance establishes regulations regarding the required wage rate for public contracts. It stipulates that contractors must pay their employees, assigned to work on city-owned or controlled property, an hourly rate equal to the average poverty threshold for a family of four...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Brookings
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance
This policy brief explains how metropolitan business plans offer an innovative and equitable approach to economic development, particularly through market research, cost-benefit analysis, and investment in catalytic policies and products. It highlights three metropolitan regions that...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County, City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Green Century Funds
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Finance & Procurement
A growing number of individuals and institutions have recognized the limits of shareholder advocacy to secure the policy changes needed and have divested from fossil fuel companies. Green Century believes that divesting from fossil fuel companies is the most effective way for investors...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Mississippi
Source The Democracy Collaborative
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance, Community Development
Cooperation Jackson emerged as an independent organization focused on developing a cooperative economy in the city of Jackson in 2014. As a network of cooperative enterprises, Cooperation Jackson works to reduce income and wealth gaps, generate living wage jobs with quality healthcare,...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) New Jersey
Source Jersey City Municipal Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Health
This ordinance states that businesses operating in Jersey City with 10 or more employees must provide up to five paid sick days to their employees each year. ...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source American Sustainable Business Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This report, which contains the results of a scientific national phone survey of small business owners (2 to 99 employees) conducted in March 2013, is designed to inform policy discussions about retirement security and serve as a basis for evaluating proposals that address the needs...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town, County, Other Boards and Agencies, City or Town, School District
State(s) All States
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
This report evaluates the impact of shale industry development in Carroll County, Ohio and argues for policies that optimize the benefits and mitigate costs in the community. Recommendations include the increased taxation of the shale industry, the establishment of local task forces,...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Americans For Nonsmokers' Rights
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Public Spaces
This model ordinance prohibits smoking in outdoor places of employment, outdoor public places, outdoor residential facilities, and city or county owned property. It defines the enforcement of the law, penalties for violating the law's terms, and posting requirements for "no smoking"...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) Minnesota
Source City of Minneapolis
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This ordinance is aimed at remedying past and ongoing discrimination against women-owned (WBE) or minority-owned (MBE) business enterprises. In particular, the department will set an overall, annual goal for WBE/MBE participation for all anticipated construction and development projects...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2008
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice
In response to a policy debate, this report finds that the opening of a Walmart store in a county leads to a reduction in county-level retail employment by approximately 150 workers, implying that each Walmart worker replaces around 1.4 retail workers, resulting in a 2.7 percent decrease...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2007
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States, Indiana
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Community Development
This report discusses the potential for Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) to increase transportation choice locally; by promoting walking and cycling, implementing a universal pass program, managing parking pricing, and creating commuter services like ride-sharing and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2000
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development, Finance & Procurement
This report systematically evaluates the Los Angeles Business Team (LABT), a Mayoral initiative, and its effectiveness in creating an accountable decision-making process, quality job opportunities, allocating resources, and driving business growth in Los Angeles. The report offers...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level State
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Council For a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
This report presents statistics on child care accessibility, affordability, and quality in Pennsylvania. It also outlines the social and economic consequences parents, employers, and taxpayers face due to inadequate child care services in the state. It concludes by identifying steps...

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