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Type Act or Session Law
Year 2001
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source Wales Town Board
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
An act requiring that for city-assisted development projects, developers and employers of the built business are required to hire 30% local residents, or make efforts to do so....

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2013
Level County
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Dane County Board Of Supervisors
Policy Areas Health
This ordinance states that every contract entered into by the County for the provision of reproductive health services shall require the provider to provide all County clients with comprehensive, non-directive reproductive health care information, including but not limited to family...

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 Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source IBEW Local 18
Policy Areas Economic Justice
The factsheet outlines Los Angeles' Utility Pre-Craft Trainee Program (UPCT), which aimed to place low income and minority city residents in good union utility jobs through an innovative training program....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Los Angeles is currently embarking upon one its largest investments in infrastructure in decades. Through these investments, we will be modernizing our port, fixing our roads, and undertaking the largest expansion of public transit in recent history. These investments, representing...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County
State(s) All States
Source IBM Center for the Business of Government
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
Shared Service Agreements are contracts or agreements that expand access to quality services while promoting collaboration and innovation between multiple local governments. This guide outlines best practices for establishing these agreements, highlights successful case studies, and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
This report examines the fiscal crises facing many U.S. cities, and how city leaders approach economic recovery. It finds that while deteriorating financial conditions frequently lead to service cutbacks and layoffs, some city officials are pursuing fiscal stability by rebalancing...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2006
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety, Health, Education
This factsheet highlights the economic challenges facing low-income communities in Los Angeles, including poverty, a declining manufacturing industry, unemployment, increasing costs of living, and inadequate access to education and training programs. It argues that the city must act...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Transportation & Mobility
This report finds that transit investment would improve air quality and mobility for LA residents, and metro projects with targeted local hiring strategies could create billions of dollars in public economic benefits for the county. It recommends that the city create a construction...

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 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) North Carolina, Tennessee
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Community Development, Housing
Citywide development that uses traditional business practices, which have historically benefitted from and perpetuated racialized inequality, can threaten to displace the most disadvantaged communities. This report provides tools and resources for groups that are advocating for more...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This paper offers background on the development of Los Angeles's Utility Pre-Craft Trainee (UPCT) program, and highlights the features of the program that make it a best practice model for workforce training for entry-level workers. First, it provides an overview of the statewide...

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 2018
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States, Wisconsin
Source League of Wisconsin Municipalities
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Public Safety
This guide outlines 'mutual aid' or 'shared service' agreements and provides examples of statutes that have dictated cross-jurisdiction collaboration between local governments and agencies. It recommends clearly identifying an agreement's liabilities and benefits, establishing a procedure...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This report discusses the progress of the Utility Pre-Craft Trainee (UPCT) program since its launch in 2011. The UPCT program, jointly operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 18, is an earn-and-learn,...

Type Executive Order
Year 2019
Level County
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Transportation & Mobility
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (LACMTA) Construction Careers Policy (CCP) encourages construction employment and training opportunities in ways calculated to mitigate the harms caused by geographically concentrated poverty and unemployment in economically...

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,...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2011
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Transportation & Mobility
This agreement promotes construction efficiency and facilitates orderly dispute settlements for a light rail expansion project in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Employers are required to hire unionized workers, pay adequate wages, designate 30% of work hours to local and disadvantaged...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Center for American Progress
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Too often, the jobs created through government contracts have low wages, poor working conditions, and frequent violations of labor law are common. This report identifies the best practices in government contracting for state and local governments to raise standards for workers and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source In the Public Interest
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement
State and local governments spend approximately $2 trillion on goods and services from the private sector. By establishing progressive procurement and contracting policies, states and localities can leverage this spending to set standards for things like job quality, training, employment...

Type Article
Year 2014
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States, Ohio
Source Fair Contracting
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
Local government procurement policies can require that public contractors provide health and retirement benefits to their workers. However, skeptics of such "responsible contractor policies" argue these approaches inflate project costs. This study examines the impact of responsible...

Type Executive Order
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source City of Houston
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement, Health
Local governments can require public contractors to provide health benefits to their workers, which improves labor standards and enhances competition between bidders. This executive order establishes the city of Houston's "Pay or Play Program," which requires public contracts to either...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice
San Francisco's First Source Hiring Program requires that developers, contractors, and other employers partnered with the city commit to hiring economically disadvantaged residents for entry level positions. This factsheet outlines how the program helps businesses and candidates by...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2022
Level County
State(s) California
Source Orange County
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
Local governments can promote sustainability in their communities by pursuing environmentally friendly and sustainable purchasing practices. Orange County's environmentally preferable purchasing policy (EPP) encourages the county's agencies and departments to actively research and...

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