Summary of the Symposium Community Benefits: Making Development Accountable
One of the primary goals of the Jackson administration is to ensure that local development projects create direct benefits for residents. To achieve this goal, the city has been resolute in strengthening the interface between the Mayor’s Office of Equal Opportunity, development departments, and the contracting community. The focus has been on living wage, resident employment, diversity and inclusion. The City of Cleveland’s enactment of the Cleveland Resident Employment Law in 2004 provides a strong base for this work.
Mayor Jackson announced the City of Cleveland’s support for the use of CBAs in his 2012 State of the City Address. Over the last year, Community Benefit Agreements (CBA) and policies have been researched for use as additional tools to hold development projects accountable for creating a direct, local benefit.
To build momentum, the City of Cleveland, along with several partners, hosted a symposium entitled, Community Benefit Agreements: Making Development Accountable on August 3rd, 2012.
Presentations and Speakers
Tools for Rebuilding Urban Economies >> Kathleen Mulligan- Hansel, PhD, Deputy Director, The Partnership for Working Families
CBA's, CWA's and Other Community Tools >> Mr. Ben Beach, Community Benefits Law Center Director
Community Benefit Forum >> Mr. Jeff Cohen, Pricipal, Rock Gaming LLC, and Vice Chairman, Cleveland Cavaliers
City of Los Angeles Community Workforce Agreement: Implementing a Successful Local Hire Program Monitoring and Ensuring Compliance >> Mr. John Reamer, Inspector of Public Works and Director of the Bureau of Contract Administration, Los Angeles, CA
To advance equal economic benefit for all Clevelanders by ensuring compliance with contractor goals and requirements, by providing development and support activity for target groups, and by overall advocacy, with a commitment to excellent public service.