All-In: Local Policy Solutions to Build Equitable Cities

By embracing equity as a core operating principle and implementing policies and strategies to ensure low-income people and communities of color can reach their full potential, cities can lead the nation toward inclusive prosperity. Throughout 2018, we will be helping local leaders put these strategies into action by expanding the All-In Cities Policy Toolkit to share more information about specific policy solutions and how they are being successfully implemented in different local contexts.

To support this work, we are hosting an ongoing webinar series that lifts up the insights and experiences of local leaders who are working on the ground, both inside and outside of city governments. This series highlights promising and innovative policy solutions to build equitable cities for all.

This webinar series and the development of the Good Jobs, Economic Security, and Housing & Anti-Displacement components of the All-In Cities Policy Toolkit are generously supported by JPMorgan Chase & Co. The views expressed on this website are those of PolicyLink and do not reflect the views and/or opinions of or represent endorsement by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. or its affiliates.

Integrating People and Place: Neighborhood Strategies for Equitable Development

As investments transform the resources, opportunities, and built environment of neighborhoods — and result in rising housing costs, equitable development strategies should ensure that low-income residents and communities of color can increase their incomes and build assets so they can participate in the rising tide and not be displaced. This webinar will focus on prioritizing place-based and people-oriented strategies to win both the immediate and the long-term benefits of racial and economic equity for residents, neighborhoods, and regional economies.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Sarah Treuhaft, PolicyLink
  • Rahwa Ghirmatzion, PUSH Buffalo

Community Benefits Agreements and Organizing for Equitable Development

Community benefits agreements (CBAs) provide a legal framework for community coalitions to organize and negotiate with developers around job access, wages, training, community oversight and other benefits a proposed development might bring to the surrounding neighborhood or city. As binding contracts that clarify and align the expectations of developers, community coalitions, and public officials, CBAs crafted with the core principles of just and fair inclusion can be powerful tools for spurring equitable, sustainable development in cities.

Different Neighborhoods, Different Needs: Citywide Economic Development Strategies

Equitable development planning often happens at the city level and encompasses a broad range of communities, each with its own unique context, assets, and challenges. This webinar will share strategies that municipal leaders can implement to identify equitable development solutions targeted for different communities: expanding affordability in high-opportunity neighborhoods, ensuring that long-term residents can stay in place in gentrifying areas, and catalyzing new opportunities in distressed communities.

Past Webinars 

Missed an All-In Cities webinar? Explore the archived recordings of these important discussions below.

Inclusive Planning: Centering Community Voice in Equitable Development
Jun 14, 2018

Equitable development requires targeted efforts to ensure that disadvantaged communities and communities of color benefit from development in their neighborhoods, communities, and regions — so it also requires that those very communities have a real and powerful voice in the decision-making and planning processes that guide development. This webinar will share strategies and best practices for inclusive planning and other approaches that build power among community organizations and advocates to craft community-driven development approaches that can produce meaningful equity outcomes.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Vaughn Perry, Bridges Across the River (11th Street Bridge Park, Washington DC)
  • Tony DeFalco, Verde/Living Cully (Portland)
  • Tracey Ross, PolicyLink, moderator


Good Jobs, Economic Security, and Housing & Anti-Displacement

Part I: Leveraging City Resources to Grow Good, Accessible Jobs
January 31, 2018

This webinar focused on equitable contracting and procurement and business supports to improve job quality, two approaches cities can take to grow good jobs. 

Part II: Keeping People in Place: Strategies to Support Renters at Risk of Displacement
February 27, 2018

This presentation looked at just cause eviction laws and legal assistance to prevent eviction, two strong policy solutions that local leaders can leverage to protect long-term residents, especially people of color and low-income communities, from being displaced as their cities and neighborhoods flourish. 

Part III: Reforming Fines and Fees: From Wealth Stripping to Economic Security
March 28, 2018

Regressive fines-and-fees systems that strip wealth from low-income families and people of color not only hinder the financial security of vulnerable families, they also compromise the economic strength of cities and regions overall. But community leaders and local officials can take the lead to reform these systems, using an equity lens to design fair, just, and sustainable systems to finance public budgets. This webinar will focus on strategies to reform inequitable court fines and fees to support the economic security and mobility of low-income residents. 

This webinar series and the development of the Good Jobs, Economic Security, and Housing & Anti-Displacement components of the All-In Cities Policy Toolkit are generously supported by JPMorgan Chase & Co. The views expressed on this website are those of PolicyLink and do not reflect the views and/or opinions of or represent endorsement by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. or its affiliates. The All-In Cities initiative and toolkit are supported by Prudential Financial, the Surdna Foundation, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. 

Three Communities Implementing HUD's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Commitment
April 20, 2017

On April 20, PolicyLink hosted a webinar in partnership with the Government Alliance on Racial Equity, on the experiences of the inaugural cohort of jurisdictions to come into compliance with HUD's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule. City and Community leaders from the Kansas City region, Philadelphia, and Wilmington, NC presented on their work to date. In addition, Harriet Tregoning, the Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Community Planning and Development at HUD, shared insights from the pilot process and roll out of the AFFH rule. Dwayne Marsh, Deputy Director of the Government Alliance on Racial Equity, also provided insights on the work occurring across the country.

Targeted Strategies to Reduce Employment Inequality
March 23, 2017

Despite low unemployment rates overall, workers of color continue to face high-levels of joblessness in many cities. In response, leaders in Minneapolis and New Orleans have developed targeted strategies to connect Black workers to good jobs in growing industries. On March 23, we discussed the findings of our recent analysis of employment inequality in metros (in partnership with the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity), and shared focused jobs strategies being implemented by the Northside Funders Group in Minneapolis and the Network for Economic Opportunity in New Orleans.

Ending the Debt Trap: Strategies to Stop the Overuse of Court-Imposed Fines, Fees, and Bail
March 29, 2017

On March 29, PolicyLink hosted a webinar discussion on the latest research and strategies state and local leaders can use to ensure that judicial fines and fees do not contribute to burdensome debt, housing and employment barriers, and increased imprisonment and recidivism for low-income communities and people of color. For several years, researchers have looked at the role of the justice system nationwide in placing low-income people and people of color into serious financial disrepair. While "debtors' prisons" are technically outlawed, courts throughout the nation have used loopholes in the law to place people in jail for the nonpayment of fines and fees.

Sanctuary Space: Creating Safe Communities For All
January 30, 2017

In today's political climate, immigrant families, Muslim residents, and other communities of color face increased surveillance and growing threats to their safety and well-being. On January 30, PolicyLink and our partners hosted a discussion on how state and local leaders across the country can create safer environments for vulnerable members of their communities. This webinar provided an overview of what sanctuary cities and sanctuary spaces are; how such spaces can make all people safer; and how leaders can create – or safeguard – sanctuary spaces in their own communities.