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This study examines equity and smart mobility in ten U.S. counties and their central cities to understand the extent that smart mobility services and assets are equitably available, and impact accessibility, employability, livability, and mobility. For this study, “equitable smart mobility” is defined as transportation systems that incorporate technology while increasing access to mobility options, enhancing opportunity in low-income communities of color, and supporting a clean environment.
For any state or agency looking to increase adoption of the M36 water audit methodology, there are several key takeaways from Georgia’s new auditing requirements: State agencies and their partners should place emphasis on the value and usefulness of M36 for utilities. Beyond instituting any auditing requirement, states should highlight the benefits of this practice in helping utilities improve business operations. Data validation is paramount. Water loss audits and future planning must be based on accurate and reliable audit results in order to effectively improve water systems. Encourage strong relationships between state and local governments. It is critical for states to have a strong commitment to providing training resources and support to utilities as they adopt the M36 auditing method. Encourage public reporting. Sharing audit results improves transparency, accountability and understanding between a utility and its customers. Enthusiastic training sessions. The auditing process can be dull. It is important to provide engaging trainings that emphasize the benefits of adopting the M36 method.
Teachers in publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs across the nation are increasingly expected to earn educational qualifications and credentials similar to their peers teaching older children. Yet salaries and benefits remain consistently lower for pre-K teachers than for kindergarten and elementary school teachers. This report is to explore examples of strategies that states and cities have successfully taken forward along the path toward compensation parity for pre-K teachers; it examines a small set of states and cities with the goal of understanding the policy rationale and process for moving toward compensation parity in different contexts.
As construction activity in the southern United States continues to flourish, concern over workers’ health and safety grows. Economic hardships, few or no opportunities for career advancement, unstable work, injuries, and even death on the job are commonplace for construction workers in the South. This report examines the working conditions of 1,435 construction workers in six major cities in the southern U.S, in order to document the most critical issues facing construction workers in major construction markets and provide information to guide possible solutions.
Despite providing a valuable and necessary service to society, domestic workers are not given the pay, protections, or respect that they deserve. For reasons that can be traced back to the slave-era, a large proportion of the domestic work industry is made up of Black women, which leads them to face the brunt of this exploitation. By telling the stories of Black female domestic workers from Georgia and North Carolina, this report outlines the maltreatment they face and how they rally to fight for better working conditions through the “We Dream in Black” organization.
While transit-oriented development (TOD) can offer a community a variety of different advantages, it demands costly investment in infrastructure and community facilities. To address this barrier, this report provides local governments with a comprehensive overview of existing tools and strategies and explores emerging, innovative models for funding and financing TOD infrastructure. In addition, it provides real-life examples of these tools and models in action by zeroing in on 11 communities across the country who have incorporated them into their TOD financing strategies.
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, organized, and financially supported in Memphis as one explanation for its current growth challenges. Additionally, this report looks at how Atlanta, Detroit, St. Louis, and New Orleans organize their economic development agencies and activities, in order to explore other models that might bring Memphis greater equity and inclusion.
Overview of a tax fund program in Atlanta to prevent homeowner displacement due to the inability to pay a rise in property taxes due to revitalization efforts.