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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Cities, counties, states, and community organizations have established more than 800 programs to provide financial assistance to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. As these programs provided by local and state governments run out of funds, this report argues that additional...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Good Jobs First
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development, Finance & Procurement
The intensification of economic inequality, one of the defining issues of our times, has many causes, ranging from the weakening of labor unions to the decimation of inheritance taxes. This report argues that another factor belongs on the list: subsidies given by state and local governments...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source The Greenlining Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
For small business owners of color, entrepreneurship remains a critical wealth-building tool providing a pathway to self-determination and the middle class. In Oakland and nationally, entrepreneurs of color face significant barriers in starting and scaling their business due to the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source American Sustainable Business Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Finance & Procurement
This report outlines the unique barriers facing women and minority-owned businesses. It also outlines policy solutions for closing the funding gap for women and minority-owned businesses....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Community Development, Public Spaces, Democracy & Governance
Businesses owned by people of color create jobs and build wealth in communities of color. Yet despite rapid growth of entrepreneurship among people of color - and women of color in particular - these businesses face significant barriers to growth and success. Government spending on...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level County
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Community Development, Finance & Procurement, Economic Justice
Local leaders recognize and often publicly tout the importance of a strong, growing entrepreneurial and small business community. Yet, when it comes to supporting entrepreneurs in practice, many local leaders are unsure how they can make a real impact. This tool kit examines the question:...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Brookings
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance
This policy brief explains how metropolitan business plans offer an innovative and equitable approach to economic development, particularly through market research, cost-benefit analysis, and investment in catalytic policies and products. It highlights three metropolitan regions that...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Meeting Of The Minds
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Community Development, Economic Justice
America’s traditional economic development policy has raised important questions about equity, especially for new entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs and small businesses bring economic stability into communities. To encourage economic development brought, it is imperative that the impact...

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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County, City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Government Finance Review
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Housing
Mixed-use, high-density development produces greater revenues per acre than low-density patterns. This report highlights how suburban areas generate less tax revenue than urban areas but incur higher public costs and consume more land. It recommends that municipalities reinvest in...

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 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Roosevelt Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Education
This fact sheet outlines the impacts of canceling student debt on borrowers' lives and the state of the economy as a whole. Benefits include making homeownership more feasible, increasing borrower's freedom and mobility, reducing unemployment, boosting entrepreneurship, and more....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Rhode Island
Source The Economic Progress Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This infographic highlights some of the strengths and challenges facing Latinos in the Rhode Island workforce. Although the working age Latino population in Rhode Island is growing, they face a shrinking manufacturing industry and high rates of involuntary part-time employment....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development
America's small businesses are facing an existential crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has closed shops and offices across the nation, with dire economic consequences. And the local governments and nonprofit organizations that support small businesses are on the front lines of this crisis....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source American Sustainable Business Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This report, which contains the results of a scientific national phone survey of small business owners (2 to 99 employees) conducted in March 2013, is designed to inform policy discussions about retirement security and serve as a basis for evaluating proposals that address the needs...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice
One barrier to economic development can be the overwhelming and expensive process of compliance with regulatory requirements for small businesses. A Pink Zone — an area where the red tape is lightened — is the locus for implementation of lean strategies and improvements, and it identifies...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2008
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice
In response to a policy debate, this report finds that the opening of a Walmart store in a county leads to a reduction in county-level retail employment by approximately 150 workers, implying that each Walmart worker replaces around 1.4 retail workers, resulting in a 2.7 percent decrease...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Minority-owned businesses play an increasingly important role in the U.S. economy. The nearly one million (996,248) minority-owned businesses with paid employees contribute $1.2 trillion in revenue and eight million jobs to the economy. Minority-owned businesses are especially important...

Type Executive Order
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Source City of Seattle
Policy Areas Public Spaces, Housing, Health
An executive order directing City departments to further extend their actions to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and to mitigate the impact of the public health emergency on the people of Seattle....

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source City of New York
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Finance & Procurement
This law improves access to city procurement contracts for minority-owned and women-owned businesses. It grants authority to the commissioner of small business services to direct agencies to increase participation from these groups, develop standardized forms, offer assistance and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level State
State(s) New Mexico
Source Good Jobs First
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Tax incentives given in the name of economic development are the dominant form of spending for job creation in New Mexico; these types of tax incentives are also the least transparent and most poorly monitored. Thus, in response to New Mexico’s costly, ineffective, and insufficiently...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level County
State(s) All States, Wyoming
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Education
The United States has an enviable entrepreneurial culture and a track record of building new companies. Yet new and small business owners often face particular challenges, including lack of access to capital, insufficient business networks for peer support, investment, and business...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Fiscal Policy Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This report examines the economic role of immigrants in the 25 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. The report finds that the immigration and economic growth of metro areas go hand in hand; immigrants contribute to the economy in proportion to their share of the population....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee
Source Good Jobs First
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development, Housing, Transportation & Mobility
Memphis is experiencing unequal growth; while some neighborhoods are benefitting from new development, increased investments and an increase in high-paying jobs, others are experiencing decline or lagging in growth. This paper examines how economic development activities are structured,...

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