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Strategies for Strengthening Anchor Institutions’ Community Impact

Anchor institutions are large, place-based organizations, often public or nonprofit, that exist as core fixtures in local communities. This brief provides promising examples where anchor institutions have engaged in activities to advance economic inclusion, promote access to employment, and otherwise improve the circumstances faced by boys and men of color. It draws on a scan of national best...

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Strategies for Health-Care Workforce Development

This brief identifies a number of promising programs and practices in the health-care sector that promotes access to economic opportunities for people of color and other individuals facing barriers to opportunity. It draws on a scan of national best practices originally developed for the City of New Orleans.

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Strategies for Addressing Equity in Infrastructure and Public Works

This brief presents case studies and promising practices for connecting hard-to-employ job seekers, men of color, and low-income residents to temporary and permanent job opportunities in the infrastructure sector. Featured are targeted first-source hiring and contracting programs implemented through community workforce agreements (CWAs), community benefit agreements (CBAs), and/or project...

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Key Strategies to Advance Equitable Growth in Regions

Achieving equitable growth in cities and regions will require a new set of tools, innovative leveraging of resources, and unprecedented levels of collaboration. This report draws from the work already underway in more than 40 cities and regions to connect low-income people and communities of color to the economic mainstream. It lifts up strategies concentrated in seven areas, all helping...

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Regional Planning for Health Equity

This brief introduces strategies for planning for health equity at a regional scale and summarizes the movement for building healthy communities. It draws from the experiences of regional equity coalitions and metropolitan planning organizations to identify five important conditions that must be met to achieve effective results.

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

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...

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Strategies for Small Businesses Impacted by New Transit Investments

Across the country, new light rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) projects are creating faster and more affordable transportation options for low-income residents and people of color. In several cities, these projects are also expanding opportunities for small, local, minority-, women-, and immigrant-owned businesses to reach new customers and benefit from the streetscape and other new...

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Fostering Equitable Foreclosure Recovery

Informs policy discussions about foreclosure recovery, describes the federal program created to help communities recover, shares case studies of efforts in three regions in the Northwest, and suggests policy recommendations for ensuring equitable recovery and building a more just system of housing finance for future generations.

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PolicyLink 2012 Budget Analysis

Analyzes the February 14 release by President Obama of his proposed FY2012 budget, which supports innovation, transportation, clean energy infrastructure, education, and much more; the budget sets out a policy framework for a stronger America.

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Community Campaigns for Infrastructure Equity: A Review of Four Case Studies

This report, prepared for the Commission on San Diego Regional Infrastructure & Equity, presents case studies of community campaigns for infrastructure equity from Phoenix, AZ; Kansas City, MO; Washington, DC; San Joaquin Valley, CA; and San Antonio, TX. Though each case study describes dramatically different approach to infrastructure equity, four main ingredients for campaign success...

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The 2011 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Equity Guide

The PolicyLink Equity Guide to Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants is designed to help applicants structure equity focused activities into their grant applications. This guide—an update of the inaugural guide released in Summer 2010 in preparation for the first round of grants—provides information on how regions can incorporate social equity into their applications for the second...

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The 2010 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Equity Guide

The PolicyLink Equity Guide to Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants is designed to help applicants structure equity focused activities into their grant applications. This guide—an update of the inaugural guide released in Summer 2010 in preparation for the first round of grants—provides information on how regions can incorporate social equity into their applications for the second...

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An Engine of Opportunity: A User's Guide to Advocate for Transportation Equity in the 2009 Recovery Act

This report by PolicyLink and the Transportation Equity Network, provides a roadmap for advocates to ensure stimulus-funded public transportation projects bring hope and economic opportunity to millions of Americans hit “first and worstâ€ù by the economic downturn. The report shows advocates how they can push local, state, and federal leaders to make fair and just transportation investments...

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Bringing Home the Green Recovery: A User's Guide to the 2009 America Recovery and Reinvestment Act

This report, produced with Green for All, offers tangible, up-to-date information and ideas for using and securing recovery dollars to help expand opportunity in low-income communities and communities of color. The guide is a first step in what will be a vital nationwide effort to ensure the recovery package helps all communities rise stronger than ever from this economic crisis, and that...

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Promoting Healthy Public Policy through Community-Based Participatory Research: Ten Case Studies

This document explores 10 case studies of diverse community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnerships around the United States that have in common a commitment to foster healthy public policy. These case studies offer a window into the world of community, health department, and academic partnerships throughout the nation that are working to change policy to improve community health,...

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Regional Equity and the Quest for Full Inclusion

This framing paper, introduced at "Regional Equity 08: The Third National Summit on Equitable Development, Social Justice, and Smart Growth," during a conference hosted by PolicyLink in New Orleans examines the history of equity in America and how national and global forces are creating unique challenges and opportunities. It concludes with a vision of the future characterized by shared...

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Delivering Equitable Development to a Recovering Louisiana: A State Policy Guide for 2008 and Beyond

This report takes a thorough look at the following four principles: the integration of strategies that support people while improving places; the reduction of disparities between neighborhoods, localities, and across regions; promotion of double bottom line investments that offer financial return to investors and economic and social benefits to residents; and full and meaningful community...

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