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This report details the impact on workers of the hotel industry in LA refusing to comply with the City's Living Wage Ordinance
In 2016 the Portland City Council directed the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) to develop a housing strategy in anticipation of potential investment in a new light rail line from Downtown Portland to Bridgeport Village. The City of Tigard joined the partnership to help secure a planning grant from Metro to partially fund this work. The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) then joined to co-lead this work with BPS and Tigard. This housing strategy is nested within the SW Corridor Equitable Development Strategy, a broader planning effort led by Metro that addresses workforce and economic development needs in addition to housing. Tigard and Portland city councils will consider adopting the final SW Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy in the summer of 2018, prior to the adoption of the Locally Preferred Alternative for the light rail project.
Overview of the city of Phoenix's asset map and economic development strategy.
In September 2007, recognizing the great potential of green economic and infrastructure development, Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker asked the Apollo Alliance to engage the community at large and "make Newark a national showcase for clean and efficient energy use, green economic development and job creation, and equitable environmental opportunity." The project, announced at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) conference in New York City, focused on convening a summit of Newark's community leaders to develop recommendations for the city to become cleaner, greener, and more prosperous.
Demand for housing in urban areas is growing in the United States. Cities are increasingly safe, making them attractive places to live. Property values are rising in dense, walkable areas with access to public transportation. These trends combine to make possible an innovative funding practice called value capture: when some of the ascending property values can be directed toward public transit improvements. Land is more valuable when located near high?quality public transit infrastructure. Recent APTA research shows that, during the Great Recession, properties near public transit were more financially stable than properties located further away. Areas near public transit outperformed their regions as a whole by 41.6 percent. Research by public transit agencies and planning departments confirms that proximity to public transportation can increase property values. Around public transit infrastructure there is an opportunity for more value capture, and those revenues from public transportation?accessible locations will be more stable than general property tax revenues. Value capture instruments allow jurisdictions to collect revenue in specific areas and direct that revenue towards specific improvements. Value capture is being used for a wide spectrum of projects, from targeted neighborhood street improvements to new public transit infrastructure.
Portland is nationally recognized as a city with an exceptionally high quality of life, progressive land use planning, abundant transportation alternatives, and leading-edge green development expertise. The city’s growing concentration of firms in clean technology further solidifies Portland’s position as a national leader in sustainability. The Portland region boasts internationally-recognized expertise in the athletic and outdoor industry and a globally competitive manufacturing base. These cultural values and economic attributes have attracted young, educated people and contribute to the competitiveness of our region’s workforce. While Portland’s reputation and economic assets reflects many of the city’s strengths, they gloss over the well-being and diverse experiences of Portland’s people, businesses, and neighborhoods. Regional economic productivity continues to climb but salaries and incomes in Portland lag behind those of peer cities such as Seattle, San Francisco, and Denver. While in-migration accounted for some of Portland’s higher-than-average unemployment rate during the recession, sluggish job creation trends remain. Moreover, for some people of color, the pain from our dysfunctional economy long preceded the recession: unemployment rates for African American men have remained above Portland’s recessional high of 12.6percentat roughly 15percent since the late 1970s. As population growth is anticipated to continue at 2.4perecent annually - or roughly six times the national average - job growth will continue to be an issue of critical importance. In recognition of the need for a quality economy that matches and broadens our quality of life, in July of 2009 the City of Portland adopted a Five-Year Economic Development Strategy. The Strategy seeks to expand prosperity and opportunity for Portland residents and create 10,000 net new jobs by 1) generating robust traded sector job growth, 2) driving urban innovation, and 3) stimulating neighborhood business vitality.
EquityNewOrleans is a citywide initiative of the Office of Mayor Mitch Landrieu funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. In partnership with the Foundation for Louisiana, EquityNewOrleans assessed the role of equity in City government using a data-driven process that prioritizes stakeholder engagement. The results inform the development of future strategies and decision-making within City government.
A list of possible user fee taxes local governments could use to raise revenue prepared by the Illinois Municipal Treasures Asocciation.
This report lays out a set of policy and political interventions that cities, regions, and states can make to increase municipal revenue and to make their collections more progressive. Cities have historically suffered enormous budget shortfalls and after the Great Recession, available funds depleted even more drastically. There is a desperate need for more municipal tax revenue and for a more just system for collecting it, instead of the current practice of cities collecting their revenue in regressive ways. Across the United States, there are major political obstacles to raising any kind of revenue. And yet, although different, the obstacles at the municipal level are in some ways even greater than they are at the state and federal levels. Nevertheless, there are meaningful strategies that cities and counties can adopt. And there are political strategies that may be effective at generating state-level reform. This report lays these out in detail, discussing the political and policy strengths and weaknesses of each.