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How to align comprehensive city plans with zoning ordinances to achieve development goals and manage future development.
Chatham, a village in central Illinois, has been susceptible to flooding since the area was first developed in the 1860s. Today, many Chatham residents and business owners experience chronic basement flooding, which is caused by backups in the city sewer system and seepage through below-ground floors and walls, both of which contribute to mold problems and structural damage. Flooding is also common in yards and streets.
Policymakers have long understood the job creation opportunities that public infrastructure projects provide. To enhance these jobs' economic and social impact and lift families out of poverty, many cities and states have incorporated job quality and equity policies into public infrastructure projects. Such policies ensure that these projects don't simply create jobs, but instead provide good jobs in the local communities that need them. These projects can create quality jobs that provide valuable pathways out of poverty and into a sustained career, while building much-needed infrastructure. Some cash-strapped municipalities have turned to public-private partnerships (P3s), which use private capital to finance public infrastructure projects, as a strategy for accomplishing infrastructure renewal and development. The P3 approach demands the same focus on jobs that traditional infrastructure projects have, and the successful strategies used for traditional projects may be used on P3 projects with little or no modification.
Crumbling water infrastructure leads to nearly six billion gallons of expensive, treated water lost every day in America. Leaky, aging pipes and outdated systems are wasting an estimated 14 to 18 percent of our nation’s daily water use. Water loss from failing infrastructure, faulty metering, and flat-out theft costs money, and can mean lost revenue for utilities and higher rates for water users. With increasing demand, maintenance and energy costs within the water industry, rates are already rising. Between 1996 and 2010, the cost of water services in the US rose by nearly 90 percent. Given this increase it is essential that we quickly adopt effective water loss control practices.
A city thrives when its residents thrive. Yet many families, even though they are employed fulltime, continue to struggle to meet their families' basic needs. Local elected officials across the country have discovered a way to strengthen working families while bringing more federal dollars into the local economy: by connecting eligible workers to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
Remarks by Jacky Grimshaw at the state capital bill signing by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn laying out five critical areas where public investment would help achieve a sustainable future: clean energy, clean water, toxic waste clean up, open space, and transportation.
Philadelphia has the worst poverty rate of the ten largest U.S. cities. Twenty-eight percent (28%) of Philadelphians - between 430,000 and 440,000 people - live below the federal poverty level. This includes 39% (135,000) of our children, 27% (265,000) of our working age adults and 17% (32,000) of our seniors. Some 1,500 families become homeless every year, including over 3,000 children. Many Philadelphians live above the federal poverty line but still face difficult choices, like whether to pay a utility bill or put food on their table. Poverty is a social problem. The City suffers from lost tax revenue, an increased tax burden, and a deterrent to the location of new businesses, jobs and income earners. All Philadelphians have a vested economic interest, if not a moral imperative, to fight poverty. Poverty diminishes the quality of life for everyone and tarnishes our city's reputation as a vibrant, thriving place to live, work, and play.
Almost 22 percent of children are poor. In 2012, over 16 million children in the U.S. were living in poverty according to the official measure, defined as living in families with income under $19,090 for a family of three. This is almost identical to figures for 2011, but an increase of nearly three million and 4 percent over 2007 (the last year before the Great Recession). Children are more likely than adults to be poor.
Nationally, the arts industry generated $135.2 billion of economic activity - $61.1 billion by the nation's nonprofit arts and culture organizations in addition to $74.1 billion in event-related expenditures by their audiences. This economic activity supports 4.1 million full-time jobs. Our industry also generates $22.3 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments every year - a yield well beyond their collective $4 billion in arts allocations.
With concerns over job creation and business growth holding a prominent - and persistent - position on policy agendas today, governors are increasingly calling on state agencies to support economic growth. It's not just economic and workforce development agencies that governors want on the case. Some governors are including state arts agencies in this all-hands-on-deck approach and are putting in place policies and programs using arts, culture, and design as a means to enhance economic growth.