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Developing Economic Resilience
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This area builds on ongoing research in the MacArthur Foundation-funded Building Successful Regions research network. We focus on the impacts of globalization and restructuring on local communities, the links between workforce and economic development, the suburbanization of poverty, and the ability of community-based organizations to innovate in problem-solving.
 
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PROJECTS
East Bay Green Corridor Partnership
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The Mayors of the East Bay cities of Berkeley, Oakland, Richmond and Emeryville have come together with the Chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley and the Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to support for emerging green and sustainable industries, alternative energy research, and a healthy built environment in an East Bay Green Corridor Partnership. The underlying principles of the partnership are to (1) create conditions that support new and emerging green industry; (2) strengthen existing programs promoting technology development and transfer; (3) support employment development opportunities in emerging green industries; (4) build a more cohesive regional identity in energy-related green business sectors; (5) protect our economies from climate change and energy shocks; (6) cooperate in obtaining grants and project funding for green research; and (7) improve our living environment and quality of life. CCI’s role in the partnership is to provide research and technical assistance, including defining and measuring the green economy; analyzing location preferences of green industry; identifying opportunities for green workforce development; and raising money for further research. CCI recently received a $200,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration to study innovation in the green economy in California regions, with a special focus on the East Bay.
Funded by the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, CCI is holding a symposium that will bring together key stakeholders from the many Bay Area cities that are currently trying to decide how much of their industrial land supply to convert to residential and commercial uses. Key academic and professional planning experts will discuss the nature of industrial land demand in the 21st century economy, the emerging arrangement of land uses in California's mega-regions, green industry and building issues, Bay Area battles – past and present – over industrial land, and trends in residential development. For this project we have developed a repository of industrial land studies from across North America. MORE...

 

CAPACITY BUILDING
Hui-Chang Li, a city planning graduate student and CCI HUD Fellow, worked with the National Economic Development Law Center's assets division to develop a series of reports on the next stage of growth for Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) which will inform upcoming convenings of practitioners and policymakers in an effort to grow the field and help it evolve. MORE...

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