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Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States, Wyoming
Source U.S. Department Of Energy
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources
U.S. Department of Energy fact sheet guide to Energy Savings Performance Contracting for governments....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Policy Areas Energy, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance
This toolkit outlines how local governments can implement "lead by example" programs that reduce energy consumption and emissions, foster markets for sustainable products, encourage green building standards, and promote economic development. It provides a guide for developing facility...

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 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Arizona
Source Kaboom.org
Policy Areas Children & Families, Community Development, Economic Justice, Health, Public Spaces
To address its deficiency in parks and public green spaces, the city of Tucson established joint use agreements with the unified school district which expanded community access to 12 elementary school yards. This brief outlines the costs and legal processes associated with the agreements...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level County
State(s) California
Source U.C. Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Finance & Procurement
This report using both case studies and statistical analysis of construction projects at local community colleges in California found that projects with Project Labor Agreements did not reduce the number of bids received or the costs of the projects....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source In the Public Interest
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement
While privatization occurs under different names, such as outsourcing, contracting out, and public-private partnership, it always removes a public good from public control and places it under the control of a private entity. The specifics of these deals vary, but the consequences...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Louisiana
Source Equity New Orleans
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Education, Democracy & Governance, Health
EquityNewOrleans is a citywide initiative of the Office of Mayor Mitch Landrieu funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. In partnership with the Foundation for Louisiana, EquityNewOrleans assessed the role of equity in City government using a data-driven process that prioritizes stakeholder...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Local Housing Solutions
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Housing
Housing rehabilitation codes preserve housing availability and reduce building rehabilitation costs by aligning code requirements with proposed renovations and prioritizing safety improvements. This guide helps local governments develop rehabilitation codes and features examples of...

Type Article
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Texas
Source Informed Infrastructure
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Public Safety, Transportation & Mobility
This article explains how the North Central Texas Council of Governments standardized work zone data sharing by selecting a single road management tech provider. It also highlights how the contract extends work zone data access to any relevant public agencies. ...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Mississippi
Source Kaboom.org
Policy Areas Children & Families, Community Development, Economic Justice, Health, Public Spaces
Due to increasing statewide obesity rates, localities across Mississippi are exploring ways to expand access to parks and recreational facilities. The city of Hernando established joint use agreements with public schools to allow greater community access to recreational facilities...

Type Executive Order
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Source City of Seattle
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development
This executive order directs City departments and offices to increase the opportunities for women and minority owned businesses (WMBEs), and to provide a welcome and responsive environment for all businesses that support such efforts. This ordinance attempts to advance the City's...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Local Progress
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
Although minority and/or women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) serve a critical role in our national economy, they are more likely than most other businesses to face disproportionate economic challenges. To address this MWBE programs can alter traditional procurement rules to increase...

Type Article
Year -
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) Washington
Source Municipal Services and Research Center of Washington
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Democracy & Governance
This article outlines data categories and explains a new statewide requirement for local governments to develop data sharing agreements. It recommends that local governments work with their legal counsel to develop these agreements and features links to other potentially relevant...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level -
State(s) California
Source The Greenlining Institute
Policy Areas -
Supplier diversity helps direct corporate procurement to businesses owned by historically marginalized communities. The California legislature created a supplier diversity program at the California Public Utilities Commission that requires regulated utilities (such as energy and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level County, City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Oftentimes, the residents intended to benefit from local development projects are left out of the employment opportunities that arise from said projects. First source hiring ordinances, contract clauses, and related agreements aim to rectify this issue by providing employment opportunities...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy, Housing, Public Safety, Democracy & Governance, Transportation & Mobility
Major economic development projects and infrastructure investment can present both tremendous opportunities and significant threats for communities and residents. Using a community benefits approach, local government officials have powerful tools available to ensure that these projects...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Emerald Cities Planning Committee
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces, Finance & Procurement, Energy, Democracy & Governance
This report outlines effective and equitable community workforce agreements (CWAs) and recommends that these agreements include alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, collectively bargained wage and benefit rates, targeted hiring plans, and accountability monitoring systems. It...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source U.C. Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This paper begins by providing a clear framework to help define gig work and understand how it relates to other forms of work. It continues by drawing on current research to identify the prevalence of gig work, the demographics of the workforce, and job quality outcomes, using data...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) Oregon
Source City of Portland
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Energy
The Clean Energy Works Portland Pilot Project aims to deliver affordable home energy upgrades to homeowners while creating new career opportunities for residents. This community workforce agreement outlines the project's hiring goals and includes eligibility criteria for contractor...

Type Executive Order
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Massachusetts
Source Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Finance & Procurement
This executive order promotes equity in public procurement....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Community Development, Public Spaces, Democracy & Governance
We are in an unprecedented moment in U.S. history. It is a time of resurgent racism and inequality, but also of newly energized and ambitious activism. We propose that the most effective way to take advantage of that momentum and reclaim American democracy is through investment in...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement
BIPOC business owners often struggle with gaining access to procurement markets. This is because they are poorly represented in highly procured industries and are less utilized because of systemic barriers, including lack of access to government networks and outright discrimination....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States, Wyoming
Source Local Progress
Policy Areas Community Development, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Health, Public Safety
Protecting and advancing worker' rights are central functions of local governments. This report provides an overview of some of the most noteworthy ways in which localities have taken action on behalf of working people, in spite of challenges imposed by federal and state preemption...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source PolicyLink
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
Economic recovery is not returning to all communities equally: the unemployment rate for White workers is down to nearly 4 percent nationally, while the unemployment rate for Black workers is more than double that. This disparity in employment is not an anomaly of our current economy,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2001
Level City or Town, State
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Civil Rights
This report discusses relevant research on prison privatization and presents concerns regarding the expansion of prison privatization across Ohio. The report also features three case studies which highlight some glaring issues with the implementation of private prisons in the state,...

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