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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Health, Finance & Procurement, Food
Rural communities face physical, geographic, social, and economic barriers to good health. These include: limited access to healthy foods, few exercise facilities, lack of public transportation, lack of nutrition education, and more. As a result, older adults in rural areas tend to...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, National, State
State(s) All States
Source Eno Center for Transportation
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement, Transportation & Mobility
Transit projects in the United States suffer from high costs and take longer to complete than they do abroad. After conducting 117 interviews with key stakeholders, this report finds that institutional structure and decision-making, procurement specifications, utility relocation,...

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 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 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 2015
Level State
State(s) All States
Source In the Public Interest
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement
This report provides case studies that illustrate how private contractors hide three key types of information: the fees they charge the public, how they spend public funds, and details on the quality of public services. Decision-makers should adopt strong sunshine laws that require...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level National, State
State(s) All States
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement
This report outlines legal techniques that have been developed to increase the use of renewable energy. States can adopt renewable portfolio standards; impose a price on burning fossil fuels; provide tax incentives for renewables; require electric utilities to purchase renewable energy;...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
This report outlines the failures of the current federal contracting system, and highlights state and city governments that are implementing responsible contracting reforms. Reform recommendations include conducting rigorous responsibility reviews and background checks on potential...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Health, Finance & Procurement, Food
Government agencies often procure goods, including food, for use by employees, students, and community members. Generally, when a state or local agency purchases food, the agency uses a competitive process to find the supplier who can provide the lowest-priced goods. However, when...

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 2022
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Local Progress
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement, Transportation & Mobility
Although electrification reduces greenhouse gas emissions, switching to electric vehicles (EV) can negatively impact workers by giving rise to anti-union EV manufacturers, like Tesla. To address this problem, this memo urges local governments to leverage their procurement power to...

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 2012
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Health, Finance & Procurement, Food
State and local governments can improve residents’ diets by exercising their power to purchase goods and services. By adopting healthy procurement policies, governments can improve public health, lower overall costs, and provide leadership for the private sector to do the same....

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 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) -
Source American Sustainable Business Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources
Sustainable procurement benefits the larger economy by reducing damages associated with climate change and hazardous chemicals, minimizing costly environmental and health problems in workers and other people, especially children. Shifting to sustainable procurement resonates through...

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 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source In the Public Interest
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement
As local and state governments increasingly contract out public services that impact the well-being of their community, the need for robust contract oversight is increasing. A lack of oversight has detrimental impacts on the people served by a program or service, and for the public...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town, County, National, State
State(s) All States
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
Increasing energy efficiency is the most important action that can be taken to combat climate change. There are currently an abundance of legal techniques available at the federal, state and municipal levels that cumulatively could accomplish a great deal in cutting energy use, lowering...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Re:Focus Partners
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces
Many cities across the United States are home to legacy infrastructure systems. These older water, transportation, and communications systems are not only poorly suited to current needs, but they are also nearing the end of their usable lives after decades of underinvestment and deferred...

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 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance
This report examines local policies that prevent hiring discrimination against individuals with criminal records, such as "ban the box" initiatives that remove criminal record questions from job applications and defer background checks to the final stages of the hiring process. It...

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