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Key elements of feed-in rates and CLEAN contracts include cost-based, standardized contracts that are long term, which allows developers to secure project financing. Incentives for local ownership, hiring of local workers, and use of locally made products can help ensure that these approaches help grow the local economy.
"Community benefit agreements, and policies, are a reaction to economic development practices that have left communities behind, workers impoverished, and the environment degraded. Too often public contracts have gone to employers paying low wages and doing poor quality work, with little thought to the environment and community impact. In the long run, we all pay for this low-road approach. The Cuyahoga County Community Benefit & Opportunity Initiative, introduced by Cuyahoga County Council in December 2014, is a comprehensive policy designed to maximize value of the county’s taxpayer dollars. The initiative will strengthen the local economy by: Creating more local jobs and ensuring workers in those jobs receive living wages. Ensuring our workforce reflects the great diversity of our community Creating opportunity for disadvantaged workers, targeting residents from the county’s poorest neighborhoods. Building career pathways out of poverty through on-the-job training opportunities and support for pre-apprenticeship programs. Ensuring high-quality, energy-efficient building, with cost-effective sustainable technology, which will reduce costs to taxpayers in the long run. It will also ensure the county considers health the impact of public projects over the long haul. The upshot is: More local jobs with higher wages Less poverty and stronger neighborhoods A more diverse and productive workforce Long-term economic and environmental sustainability"
This model ordinance adopts the International Green Construction Code; establishes that where there is a conflict between an existing law or regulation and a specific requirement of this code, the specific law or regulation shall be applicable; and establishes the range of application for compliance. The International Green Construction Code creates minimum green requirements for an entire construction project including the design, construction, and certificate of occupancy.
Resolution No. R2012-0041: A Resolution supporting and collaborating with Emerald Cities Cleveland/Cuyahoga County to create a clean energy economy in Cuyahoga County by developing community workforce opportunities, enhancing environmentally sustainable practices and assisting Cuyahoga County and its political subdivisions to meet the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge to make municipal buildings and facilities 20% more energy efficient by 2020.
The mayor and members of the city council should be elected by ranked choice voting.
The model law contains a raked choice voting ballot, includes tabulation, explains the offices, and covers rulemaking authority.
Live-near-your-work policies can benefit all stakeholders: shorter commute times and lowered housing costs save time and money for employees; improved employee morale, productivity, and retention reduce turnover and training costs for employers; communities can see better air quality, less urban sprawl and decreased traffic congestion.
This model resolution urges a county's sheriff or a city's chief of police to sign-up for monthly updates from the state DOJ with the names of armed individuals that are prohibited from possessing firearms. The state DOJ maintains an online database of individuals who purchased firearms legally, but who subsequently lost the right to own or possess a firearm. The sheriff or chief of police is urged to investigate each individual on the list and retrieve illegally held firearms. This model was written specifically for local governments in California.
This model ordinance enumerates steps that homeowners must take to obtain, keep valid, and renew Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) permits, including standards for lots, occupants, building standards, parking and traffic, public health, density limits, and legalizing illegal and nonconforming ADUs.