Tag Archives: Low-Income Communities

Economic Development for Everyone: Creating Jobs, Growing Businesses, and Building Resilience in Low-Income Communities

How do we create employment, grow businesses, and build greater economic resilience in our low-income communities? How do we create economic development for everyone, everywhere – including rural towns, inner-city neighborhoods, aging suburbs, and regions such as Appalachia, American Indian reservations, the Mexican border, and the Mississippi Delta – and not just in elite communities? This webinar illustrates how Mark Miller’s forthcoming book Economic Development for Everyone collects, organizes, and reviews much of the current research available on creating economic... Read more

Bringing the Benefits of Solar Energy to Low-Income Consumers

This guide from the Clean Energy States Alliance discusses the obstacles that low-income households face in accessing solar power and provides strategies that can be used to encourage low-income solar adoption, including many financing ideas: on-bill repayment, property-assessed clean energy (PACE), and pay as you save (PAYS) programs. It covers direct incentives such as renewable energy certificates (RECs) and solar RECs, compensation mechanisms (such as net metering and virtual net metering), and new business models such as crowdfunding. Read more... Read more

Congress Is Making a Bipartisan Push for an Urban Development Tax Credit

Members of the House and Senate have moved to protect a program that gives tax credits to businesses that create jobs and other economy boosters in low-income communities. The U.S. Treasury’s New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program, which targets poor zip codes both urban and rural, has gained bipartisan support and many friends in both the urban development and business worlds since its implementation in 2000. Two new bills introduced last week — both called The New Markets Tax Credit... Read more

EJ 2020 Action Agenda

The EJ 2020 Action Agenda (EJ 2020), EPA’s strategic plan for advancing environmental justice from the years 2016-2020, plays an integral part in fulfilling the agency’s mission by focusing attention on the environmental and public health issues and challenges confronting the nation’s minority, low-income, tribal and indigenous populations. EJ 2020 consists of eight priority areas and four significant national environmental justice challenges; each of these areas have laid out the agency’s objectives, the plans for achieving them, and how EPA... Read more

Climate Change Is Already Forcing Americans to Move

As global warming causes more extreme weather and sea-level rise, coastal communities around the U.S. are starting to think about whether, and how, to help people move away from the water. But one group of Americans is already being displaced by climate change — not through innovative urban and land-use planning, but official indifference. Read more... Read more

DIY Urban Planning is Happening All Over the Country. Is It Only for White People?

As cities across America undergo a revival, their denizens are bursting with practical ideas to improve their neighborhoods, and they feel empowered to try them out. This spirited flurry of “city hacking” has opened the lid on the wonky discipline of urban planning and is starting to change the fabric of people’s daily lives. But since many cities also contend with stark inequality, it’s worth asking who these fixes are intended for and how this new spirit of engaged urban... Read more
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