Implement Inclusive Economic Development

STRATEGY

Implement Inclusive Economic Development

Expand economic opportunity and access to capital for low- and middle-income residents
If they are to prosper in the long term, legacy cities must consider how to expand opportunity for all residents. The transitions occurring in legacy cities have a substantial impact on low-income populations, particularly workers with little advanced education or training. Communities must carefully consider how revitalization activities will impact low-income residents and take steps to ensure the equitable distribution of benefits and burdens.
Tools

Community Engagement Toolkit

The Community Engagement Toolkit helps guide such efforts, with a particular focus on equity and inclusion. So that readers will consider external and internal factors in their engagement efforts, the toolkit asks practitioners to answer a series of questions while they are designing their engagement strategies.

Livable Communities Toolkit

The AARP Livable Communities initiative provides a collection of reports and how-to guides that address several livability issues, including aging in place, walkability and pedestrian safety, and inclusive transportation and public realm design.

National Equity Atlas

Produced by PolicyLink and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, the National Equity Atlas provides equity indicators, with data broken down by race and ethnicity. These include demographic data, measures of economic vitality and workforce readiness, and estimates of the impact of reducing inequitable outcomes.

Welcoming Economies Toolkit

Produced by the Welcoming Economies (WE) Global Network and tailored to conditions in legacy cities, this online toolkit includes sample policies, strategies, and programs to unlock the potential of and opportunities for refugees, immigrants, and American-born community members.

Initiative Profiles

Initiative Profiles

Pittsburgh, PA

Establishing and maintaining affordable manufacturing space for growing small business in one of Pittsburgh’s most distressed communities

Yonkers, NY

A program that offers paid summer employment and training in environmental conservation to local young residents—primarily low-income youth of color

Cleveland, OH

A technical assistance and low-interest financing program that helps homeowners improve and maintain the physical and economic value of older homes

Philadelphia, PA

Pairing basic landscaping and site improvements with maintenance services for the creation of public open spaces on otherwise vacant lots

Lawrence, MA

Supporting emerging food service businesses with yearlong business support services and a prominent downtown food service storefront

Resources

Bringing Vitality to Main Street: How Immigrant Small Businesses Help Local Economies Grow

David Kallick, 2015
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Regenerating America’s Legacy Cities

Alan Mallach and Lavea Brachman, 2013
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Revitalizing America’s Smaller Legacy Cities: Strategies for Postindustrial Success from Gary to Lowell

Torey Hollingsworth and Alison Goebel, 2017
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Preservation Rightsizing Network et al., 2015
Center for Active Design, 2010
The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Liveable Communities, et al., 2018
Paul Jargowsky, 2015
2018–live
Congress for New Urbanism, 2015
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2018–live
Center for Community Engagement, 2014
Democracy Collaborative, 2018–live
Pete Saunders, 2018–live
Erika C. Poethig et al., 2018
Center for Community Progress, 2018
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, 2017
Toni Griffin et al., 2015
The American Assembly, 2018–live
Margaret Dewar and June Manning Thomas (Eds.), 2012
Emily Garr Pacetti, 2015
The Kresge Foundation, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, the Urban Institute, and Living Cities, 2018–live
National Trust for Historic Preservation, Research and Policy Lab, 2017
White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities, 2017

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