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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
Companies, governments, and institutions of all kinds purchase goods and services for their own use. But what they buy - and how they buy it - has a significant impact on local communities, the environment, and the economy - and in some unexpected ways, on the success of the business...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year -
Level City or Town
State(s) Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, New Jersey, Texas
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
This report outlines the impact of the Local Interventions for Financial Empowerment Through Utility Payments initiative (LIFT-UP) which helped cities connect citizens to financial services while recouping revenue from unpaid utility bills. It found that residents who participated...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source The Democracy Collaborative
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development
Those most vulnerable to the effects of climate change are those without living wages or access to political power. As a result, it is necessary for climate resiliency strategies to adopt a framework of community wealth building. Cities have recently integrated more green infrastructure...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Tellus Institute
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
In the face of increasing demands from students and other stakeholders concerned about the role of traditional energy companies in accelerating climate change, institutional investors are asking tough questions about the feasibility of divestment from fossil fuel companies. Based...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) Arizona
Source Northern Arizona Council of Governments
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement, Transportation & Mobility
This report outlines the Northern Arizona Council of Governments' role in economic and workforce development which includes fiscal operations and contract management, collaborating with public and private sectors to address workforce issues and coordinating regional transit policies....

Type Article
Year 2011
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Tax Foundation
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
This article outlines different types of local income taxes and highlights localities that have recently implemented significant changes to their income tax codes. It recommends that local governments implement moderate income tax rates and mitigate compliance costs to secure investment...

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 2017
Level City or Town, National
State(s) Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, New York, Texas
Source Center on Privacy & Technology
Policy Areas Data & Technology
Travelers on certain international flights departing from Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami, New York City, Houston, and Washington, D.C., are having their faces scanned and compared to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) biometric database to verify their identity. This report...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Georgia
Source Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Policy Areas Community Development, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
This report examines workforce development trends in the Atlanta metropolitan area and recommends enhancing collaborative efforts to improve workforce education, aligning workforce development with current sector-based employment trends, and supporting individuals with barriers to...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) All States, Washington
Source Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice
Building an inclusive and engaging workplace culture can help make government positions more attractive to highly qualified workers. This guide outlines the essential aspects of a supportive workplace culture and recommends improving workplace flexibility, fostering team building...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Americans for the Arts
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces
This report finds that the nonprofit arts and culture industry supports jobs, creates government revenue, and bolsters tourism. It provides economic analysis of arts and culture nonprofits and highlights their capacity to draw local and nonlocal investment that significantly contributes...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level County, City or Town, State
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source The Reinvestment Fund
Policy Areas Food, Economic Justice
The Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative (FFFI) is a statewide financing program designed to attract supermarkets and grocery stores to underserved urban and rural communities (i.e. food deserts). This brief outlines FFFI's, financing structure, results, and special initiatives,...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2013
Level County, State
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Health, Housing
Ohio's cash assistance program is made less effective by work participation-based sanctions, which bar many applicants from receiving aid. This report recommends allowing adults without disabilities to receive food aid for one year, investing more TANF dollars in direct aid for families,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County, City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Northstar Asset Management
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Finance & Procurement
This report highlights flaws in many prior estimates regarding the cost of divesting from fossil fuels and estimates that the true cost of divestment would only be 0.15% annually for a portfolio of 250 stocks. Heightening public awareness around fossil fuel divestment can lead investors...

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 2011
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Brookings-Rockefeller
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement, Democracy & Governance, Data & Technology
While conventional strategies of tax credits, training programs, and public infrastructure are crucial for economic development, the cultivation of regional industry clusters offers an innovative strategy for job growth and entrepreneurship. This report explains how these industry...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Government Finance Officers Association
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
Local governments need to make sure they have enough cash on hand for essential services. During a financial crisis, the first thing local governments should do is slow the net flow of cash exiting and find ways to rebalance the budget. This report presents retrenchment techniques...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level National
State(s) All States
Source People's Action
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance, Community Development, Housing
A Homes Guarantee outlines that everyone living in the United States should have safe, accessible, sustainable, and permanently affordable housing. This proposal outlines steps the federal government needs to take to eradicate housing insecurity and homelessness in America; these...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Re:Focus Partners
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces
Cities and communities around the world are struggling to finance and replace aging, failing, or inadequate infrastructure systems. This report offers a new framework for bridging the gap between the growing consensus that it is necessary to build resilient infrastructure and the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) All States, Georgia
Source Government Finance Officers Association
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement, Housing
Urban wealth funds allow local governments to generate revenue by taking stock of publicly owned assets and engaging in new forms of planning and development to generate long term financial returns. This report examines how Atlanta's use of an UWF to finance affordable housing expansion...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) Connecticut
Source In the Public Interest
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development, Finance & Procurement
In the face of a public health emergency, an economic recession, and widening of social inequities, Connecticut has continues to reduce its public investment in services such as education, healthcare, housing, and transportation. Downsizing the public sector and failing to adequately...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2024
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) Massachusetts
Source Massachusetts Department of Human Resources
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice
This hiring strategy guide identifies best practices for attracting talented candidates to public sector positions and outlines key components of an effective recruitment plan. It also highlights successful approaches for analyzing hiring trends, developing attractive job postings,...

Type Article
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
Local governments can use federal recovery funding to invest in their workforces and prevent employee turnover. This article examines public-sector employee wage data and finds that increasing wages for local government employees can mitigate gender and racial pay gaps. It highlights...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source People's Action
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance, Community Development, Public Safety, Health
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, politicians have chosen to sacrifice rural communities for the profits of corporate monopolies. In response, this report provides a vision of Relief, Recovery, and Reimagination necessary to positively transform rural communities and small towns....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Government Finance Officers Association
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces
State and local governments primarily issue bonds to pay for long term capital projects and longstanding infrastructure. This report provides an overview of tax-exempt bonds and other financing used by state and local governments and public entities. In particular, this report discusses...

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