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Type Ordinance
Year 2007
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source San Jose City Council
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement
This ordinance increases the amount of funding city departments can appropriate in contract agreements and expands departmental authority over the scope and type of purchases they are permitted to make....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Trust for Public Land
Policy Areas Community Development, Health, Public Spaces
Parks and natural spaces promote mental, physical, and environmental wellbeing, and many parks departments are leveraging parks and recreational resources to improve health outcomes. This report outlines the benefits of preserving access to parks and green spaces and provides policy...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Trust for Public Land
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Public Spaces
This report outlines best practices for effective park development and recommends that cities take inventory of their land assets, prioritize park safety and equity, and regularly engage with the public. It also highlights case studies that have implemented successful park development...

Type Article
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County
State(s) District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia
Source Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement, Transportation & Mobility
This article outlines how the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments is collaborating to optimize federal and regional funding for transportation improvements. It highlights the Union Station redevelopment project and how it will expand commuter rail service while meeting...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Housing, Public Safety
This report analyzes the state of foreclosure filings in Ohio in 2015 and discusses the consequences of foreclosures on families, neighborhoods, and local governments. The report reveals that while foreclosure filings have declined, they remain times higher than pre-subprime lending...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level School District, City or Town, School Board
State(s) All States
Source UC Berkeley Center For Cities & Schools
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families
This report aims to help community development and regional planning practitioners collaborate on cross-sector educational improvement efforts, increase productivity, and foster social equity. Its seven-step process recommends developing an understanding of the educational landscape,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Transportation & Mobility
Proposed investment in the Port of Los Angeles would create thousands of new construction jobs and boost the city's overall economy. This report provides analysis of existing economic conditions in the region and explains how a "Construction Careers Policy" would ensure equitable...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
This report highlights the inadequate funding and strains faced by public transit in Ohio, emphasizing the need for increased support from the state. More funding must be needed to ensure the city's ability to maintain services and expand to meet growing demands. The report proposes...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) Tennessee
Source Good Jobs First
Policy Areas -
The City of Memphis has deliberately avoided its municipal pension obligations at the same time it has granted a series of costly property tax abatements, such as payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs), to large corporations and sports franchises. For every year between 2009 and 2012,...

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 2019
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Education, Housing
Public housing agencies (PHAs) can use effective education and outreach strategies to recruit and retain Housing Choice Voucher landlords. This guide outlines best practices for establishing relationships between landlords, tenants and PHAs through education and outreach, and provides...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Health
This report underscores the failure of the Los Angeles Living Wage Ordinance to increase healthcare benefits for LAX workers, and outlines how the lack of insurance has impacted workers' families. It recommends that the city invest to increase the health care differential of the living...

Type Ordinance
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Brookings
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Housing
Equitable housing policies should build safe units, mitigate environmental impacts, reduce barriers to high-opportunity neighborhoods, and supplement incomes for households in need. This article outlines six goals for improving housing equity and availability, including clarifying...

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 Ordinance
Year -
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source City of San Diego
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement, Public Spaces
This section of San Diego's municipal code establishes regulations for public facilities that are provided by private entities. It outlines permitting requirements for private developers and implements development impact fees which are assessed on new developments to generate revenue...

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 Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Education, Community Development
This report examines the blighted school conditions in Detroit and the lack of investment in schools across Michigan. It discusses these conditions' detrimental effects on children's education, future opportunities, and mental health. It emphasizes the need for focused attention,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Tellus Institute
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice
This report evaluates the positive impacts of implementing a bold national recycling and composting strategy across federal, state, and local governments. Its recommendations of energy, resource, and waste management would allow for significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Meeting Of The Minds
Policy Areas Energy
In the face of climate change crisis, it is urgent for policymakers at state, local, and city level to make transition to clean and renewable energy. However, the construction of renewable projects is usually capital-intensive and requires bank’s upfront investment. Green banks help...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level County, City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Demos
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance
This report provides communications strategies to promote government's proactive role in the economy. It recommends emphasizing the importance of public structures like social security and public universities and explaining that government intervention in economic policy can create...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Massachusetts
Source MassBudget
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
This factsheet discusses the economic and social benefits of an effective transportation system in Massachusetts and highlights the need for increased investment productivity and improved transit accessibility. The factsheet also addresses the state of bridges and roads and the benefits...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Lincoln Institue of Land Policy
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Housing
This report examines the causes and consequences of rising housing costs and provides a framework for local governments to create and preserve affordable units, reduce barriers to new units, help households access private market housing, and protect against displacement and poor living...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
Source Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Finance & Procurement, Public Safety
Municipalities can collaborate through shared service agreements to solve existing problems or improve the quality of existing services available to residents. This guide outlines best practices for implementing shared service agreements and highlights effective case studies from...

Type Ordinance
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Source City of Tacoma
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Housing
This report outlines Tacoma's Affordable Housing Action Strategy for improving housing affordability, reducing displacement, and ensuring that housing growth compliments neighborhoods. It establishes city-wide development goals and provides detailed planning and zoning diagrams. ...

Type Ordinance
Year 2013
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Dane County
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
This ordinance establishes a poverty commission within the county government and outlines staffing and term limits. The county board chair will appoint the supervisor members and citizen members which include representatives from anti-poverty organizations and a member whose income...

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