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  • CitiesSpeak

We meet one of NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellows, Gwendolyn Tillotson of Houston, and discuss how the city is reaching its most vulnerable communities and increasing their access to employment and job…

photo - An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Houston
photo - An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Houston

WASHINGTON — May 1, 2017 — The National League of Cities (NLC) and Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) announced today a bold collaboration to support local government in adopting strategies to advance racial equity. Race, Equity and Leadership (…

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Effective economic development demands informed leadership from local elected leaders. Economic development is the process of building strong, adaptive and equitable local economies. What constitutes success in economic development and the…

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  • Case Studies & Practices

Communities across the country are integrating smart growth, environmental justice, and equitable development approaches to design and build healthy, sustainable, and inclusive neighborhoods.  These diverse communities and many others are finding…

  • Case Studies & Practices

The city has set a goal to be the most resilient city for its residents and businesses. As part of this effort they have pursued STAR rating and will receive their certification in December, 2016. The STAR metrics will then be used as a benchmark…

  • Case Studies & Practices

The city is in the process of developing several city and regional plans related to climate adaptation, mitigation, and sustainability. This includes achieving the goals of the Compact of Mayors, finalizing a Resilience Framework, developing a…

  • Case Studies & Practices

As part of the Partners for Places Equity Pilot Initiative, the City of Providence is undertaking an intensive nine-month process to strengthen relationships with low-income communities and communities of color that are most susceptible to…

  • Case Studies & Practices

Portland is highly vulnerable to climate change hazards and has done considerable work to assess its risk of coastal flooding from sea level rise as well as flash flooding from increased rainfall intensity. The current update to the Comprehensive…

  • Case Studies & Practices

Public support for government led environmental programs is very high, but has not been actively engaged. The City of Des Moines is focused on building trust and strengthening relationships with communities in low-income and underrepresented…

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Goals of the Initiative

When the Portland Development Commission (PDC), the public agency responsible for economic development and urban redevelopment in the City of Portland, Oregon, sought to undertake a new five-year strategic plan for…