Buy Newark: Adopting a Comprehensive Buy-Local Strategy for the City of Newark

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Outlines various recommendations to better steer a portion of the enormous purchasing power in Newark, NJ, toward local, small, and minority- and women-owned businesses, which can result in substantial local economic impacts that would benefit a broad and deep cross-section of Newark residents.

When Investors Buy Up the Neighborhood: Strategies to Prevent Investor Ownership from Causing Neighborhood Decline

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Describes three dozen strategies communities can use to reclaim foreclosed properties, encourage positive reinvestment, and stabilize their neighborhoods and also details how many of these approaches are already at work in Minnesota and across the country.

The 2011 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Equity Guide

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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 round of funding for sustainable communities grants, announced in early August of 2011. It was written for local governments, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), nonprofits, foundations, and educational institutions who are interested in developing competitive grant applications.

Pathways Out of Poverty for Vulnerable Californians: Policies that Prepare the Workforce for Middle-Skill Infrastructure Jobs

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Examines the growing demand for "middle-skill" jobs, highlights job opportunity expansion programs, examines challenges facing low-income people and communities of color, and offers recommendations to help California improve its community college system.

The New Orleans Index at Five: Reviewing Key Reforms After Hurricane Katrina

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Describes promising equity- and community-driven developments, identifies the history of the challenge by outlining key trends in housing and community development, and describes the rise of strong community-based groups that are working to revive key neighborhoods.

Expanding Opportunity: Employing the Formerly Incarcerated in the Green Economy

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Provides information to enable efficient and equitable hiring of people with criminal records using Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funds; also provides a resource for community organizations and advocates working to promote fair opportunities for people with criminal records within the emerging green sector.

The President's 2011 Budget: Creating Communities of Opportunity

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Analyzes the 2011 budget in the context of three broad approaches: making all neighborhoods stable, healthy and livable; linking people to opportunities; and enabling all to live near regional opportunity.

The 2010 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Equity Guide

Overview

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 round of funding for sustainable communities grants, announced in early August of 2011. It was written for local governments, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), nonprofits, foundations, and educational institutions who are interested in developing competitive grant applications.

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

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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 in low-income communities and communities of color.

Inclusion in the Workforce: Positioning the Pittsburgh Region to Prosper and Compete

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Analyzes racial disparities in employment in the Pittsburgh region, reviews the critical role that a diverse workforce plays in improving economic competitiveness, and features numerous recommendations on how the Pittsburgh region can work to remove structural and attitudinal barriers to reduce its racial employment disparity.

Healthy, Equitable Transportation Policy: Recommendations and Research

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Details the intersection of transportation, equity, and health, covering topics from public transportation, walking and bicycling, to safety and economic development, and highlights key policy solutions and provides background on the federal surface transportation policy.

The Transportation Prescription: Bold New Ideas for Healthy, Equitable Transportation Reform

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Provides key policy and program recommendations that can improve health outcomes in vulnerable communities, create economic opportunity, and enhance environmental quality.

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

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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 community-based organizations are at the forefront in crafting a green, equitable recovery.

All Aboard! Making Equity and Inclusion Central to Federal Transportation Policy

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Provides a framework of principles, describes the work and ideas of key players, and captures the important policy solutions that should be included in the upcoming federal authorization legislation.

Understanding Climate Change: An Equitable Framework

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Reports information that contributes to a deeper understanding of climate change issues, considers the equity consequences and implications associated with global warming, and provides resource guides that identify additional sources of information.

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

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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, reduce disparities, and foster equity. The report draws on data from dozens of in-depth interviews with partnership members, community focus groups, and policymakers.

To Be Strong Again: Renewing the Promise in Smaller Industrial Cities

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The report offers a vision and an action agenda for ensuring that smaller industrial cities take their rightful places within America's diverse and healthy metropolitan regions.

Breathing Easy from Home to School: Fighting the Environmental Triggers of Childhood Asthma

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Offers a blueprint for what we all can do to make our children’s air safer and healthier; provides policy recommendations and effective strategies for reducing community factors that contribute to asthma development and that spark asthma attacks.

Transforming Community Development with Land Information Systems

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Describes how pioneering organizations and partnerships are turning robust, integrated parcel data systems into powerful tools for guiding community change, such as monitoring and preserving affordable housing and planning commercial district revitalization.

Regional Equity and the Quest for Full Inclusion

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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 economic prosperity and true participatory democracy, one where everyone including people of color and residents of low-income communities can contribute and benefit.

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