Common Market Case Study: Rebuilding a Regional Food Economy and Increasing Access to Healthy Food

Overview

Common Market is a regional food hub whose mission is to increase the availability of local, sustainably grown farm food throughout Philadelphia and surrounding areas. This case study provides an in-depth look at Common Market's growth and development, including efforts to build financial sustainability.

Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments

Overview

In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, HUD, DOT, and EPA released their five year annual report. This report shows how the three agencies are changing their policies and removing barriers to help communities provide more housing choices, make transportation systems more efficient and reliable, and create vibrant neighborhoods while protecting the environment.

An Equity Profile of the Houston-Galveston Region, Addendum

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Houston-Galveston is characterized by overall economic strength and resilience, but wide racial gaps in income, health, and opportunity coupled with declining wages, a shrinking middle class, and rising inequality place the region’s economic success and future at risk. Our analysis showed the region already stands to gain a great deal from addressing racial inequities. If racial gaps in income had been closed in 2012, the regional economy would have been $243.3 billion stronger: a 54 percent increase. You can also download the full profile and summary.

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Building an Equitable Tax Code: A Primer for Advocates

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In recent years a national discussion has been underway about the causes and effects of growing inequality, but one cause that has received little attention is the role of the U.S. tax code. The individual tax code contains more than $1 trillion in tax subsidies known to policymakers and economists as tax expenditures because, like spending programs, they provide financial assistance to support specific activities or groups of people. Of these subsidies, more than half a trillion, $540 billion, support some form of savings or investment (e.g., higher education, retirement, homeownership).

In theory, tax code–based public subsidies should help all families save and invest, but instead, wealthier households receive most of the benefits. In fact, a recent analysis of the largest wealth- building tax subsidies found that the top 1 percent of households received more benefits from these tax code–based subsidies than the bottom 80 percent combined.

The new brief answers key questions about tax expenditures: What are they, how do they work, and who benefits? In addition, since the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does not collect tax data by race, the primer uses data related to the distribution of benefits by income quintiles and the demographics of each quintile to provide a rough approximation of how different racial and ethnic groups do or do not benefit from the different categories of tax expenditures.

Equitable Growth Profile of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Region

Overview

Omaha-Council Bluffs has a relatively strong and resilient regional economy, with overall low unemployment and steady job growth. At the same time, wages have stagnated for most workers and many communities of color face barriers to accessing good jobs, living wages, and the education needed for the jobs of the future. Increasing connections to good jobs, raising the floor for low-wage work, and building communities of opportunity metro-wide are key strategies to shift the region towards equitable growth. Download summary here.

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Equitable Growth Profile of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Region (Summary)

Overview

Omaha-Council Bluffs has a relatively strong and resilient regional economy, with overall low unemployment and steady job growth. At the same time, wages have stagnated for most workers and many communities of color face barriers to accessing good jobs, living wages, and the education needed for the jobs of the future. Increasing connections to good jobs, raising the floor for low-wage work, and building communities of opportunity metro-wide are key strategies to shift the region towards equitable growth. Download the full profile.

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Equitable Growth Profile of the Piedmont Triad Region (Summary)

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The Piedmont Triad region in North Carolina—covering 12 counties and home to the cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point—is a growing region whose demographics are rapidly changing. Communities of color are driving growth, and have increased from 20 to 33 percent of the population since 1980. Ensuring its diverse residents can participate in the regional economy and contribute to stronger job growth and broadly shared prosperity is critical for the region’s future. Growing good jobs, investing in its workforce, and infusing economic inclusion into economic development and growth strategies are promising strategies. Download the profile.

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Equitable Growth Profile of the Piedmont Triad Region

Overview

The Piedmont Triad region in North Carolina—covering 12 counties and home to the cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point—is a growing region whose demographics are rapidly changing. Communities of color are driving growth, and have increased from 20 to 33 percent of the population since 1980. Ensuring its diverse residents can participate in the regional economy and contribute to stronger job growth and broadly shared prosperity is critical for the region’s future. Growing good jobs, investing in its workforce, and infusing economic inclusion into economic development and growth strategies are promising strategies. Download the summary.

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Getting Equity Advocacy Results: Tools for Navigating Change - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Equity advocates know the power of policy. Policy determines the rules by which opportunities are framed and delivered — what is allowed, encouraged, discouraged, and prohibited. Advocacy — the art of influence and persuasion — is essential for fostering the creation, adoption, and implementation of promising policy solutions that catalyze social change. (2014)

Getting Equity Advocacy Results: Build, Advance and Defend - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Equity advocacy does not — and should not — cease when a favorable policy outcome is first reached. In fact, it is through the continued effort of equity advocates, champions, and their allies that policy changes to promote equity are implemented and embedded into practice.

Getting Equity Advocacy Results: Build the Base for Equity Advocacy - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Changing the challenging conditions that affect low-income people and communities of color requires a “grassroots to treetops” approach that connects the experiences of people on the ground with the decisions about policies that shape communities. (2014)

Getting Equity Advocacy Results: Move the Equity Proposal - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Opportunities to advance equity abound in the numerous activities associated with different advocacy efforts. (2014)

Getting Equity Advocacy Results: Name and Frame the Equity Solution - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Equity advocacy efforts require a great deal of preparation before a campaign for equity can be undertaken. (2014)

Integrating Family Financial Security into Promise Neighborhoods: A Resource and Implementation Guide

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This guide aims to describe the programs, policies, and practices that set families on a path to financial security while achieving prescribed Promise Neighborhoods results. The tool is also intended to connect Promise Neighborhoods to potential partnerships across the asset-building field. Many of the practices lifted up in this guide are designed to mitigate the negative outcomes associated with lack of academic and family supports, as well as the compounded effects of concentrated poverty and financial instability in communities.

PNI’s Model Legislation to support Cradle to Career Efforts

Overview

In the summer of 2014, The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) introduced model legislation to be used at the state and local level to secure support for cradle to career efforts. The Cradle to Career Act of 201_ secures funding for innovative, results-based, and comprehensive continua of solutions that connect children and youth to a high quality education and key health and social services that prepare them to succeed in college and in their careers. The legislation was intentionally drafted in a manner that it may be used to support various strategies that advance educational outcomes from cradle through college and career.

If you have questions, or would like to discuss the legislation in greater detail, please contact Lisa Cylar Miller, Deputy Director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink. She may be reached via email at LisaCM@policylink.org or via phone at 202-906-8016.

CPB - PBS Learning Correlation Guide

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Written by CBP – PBS Ready to Learn Initiative in collaboration with the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, this guide offers a range of high-quality PBS and Ready to Learn resources for children, families, and educators that are organized to correspond with the Promise Neighborhoods results.

Promise Neighborhood Target Setting Guidance

Overview

The Urban Institute has developed this target setting document for the U.S. Department of Education as supplement to their data Guidance Document for Promise Neighborhoods. It identifies data sources, considerations, and methods sites may consider when setting targets for the 15 Promise Neighborhood GPRA indicators.

PNI Cradle to Career Act One Pager

Overview

In the summer of 2014, The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) introduced model legislation to be used at the state and local level to secure support for cradle to career efforts. The Cradle to Career Act of 201_ secures funding for innovative, results-based, and comprehensive continua of solutions that connect children and youth to a high quality education and key health and social services that prepare them to succeed in college and in their careers. The legislation was intentionally drafted in a manner that it may be used to support various strategies that advance educational outcomes from cradle through college and career.

If you have questions, or would like to discuss the legislation in greater detail, please contact Lisa Cylar Miller, Deputy Director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink. She may be reached via email at LisaCM@policylink.org or via phone at 202-906-8016.

PNI Model Legislation

Overview

In the summer of 2014, The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) introduced model legislation to be used at the state and local level to secure support for cradle to career efforts. The Cradle to Career Act of 201_ secures funding for innovative, results-based, and comprehensive continua of solutions that connect children and youth to a high quality education and key health and social services that prepare them to succeed in college and in their careers. The legislation was intentionally drafted in a manner that it may be used to support various strategies that advance educational outcomes from cradle through college and career.

If you have questions, or would like to discuss the legislation in greater detail, please contact Lisa Cylar Miller, Deputy Director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink. She may be reached via email at LisaCM@policylink.org or via phone at 202-906-8016.

Some Considerations Pertinent to a Promise Neighborhoods National Evaluation

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This document describes some of the key issues to be considered in undertaking a comprehensive evaluation of the performance and impact of the Promise Neighborhoods grantees at large. It provides the perspective of organizations who are working at the corner of evaluation and practice—seeking to improve the outcomes for poor children and families and to understand the most effective ways of measuring results.

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