Community Benefits Agreement

Birds-eye view of a large EV factory and nearby highway, all surrounded by forest.

West Tennessee Towns Seek Voice in EV Factory Development

Locals are employing a tool historically used for sports stadiums to ensure they benefit from the new project as much as the companies do.

December 28, 2023 - Grist

Rendering of Broadway Corridor redevelopment project

'Unprecedented' Portland Community Benefits Agreement Prioritizes Racial Equity

The Broadway Corridor CBA is designed to create high quality jobs, housing, and opportunities for historically excluded communities.

July 22, 2021 - The Brookings Institiution

Arlington County, Virginia

Community Benefits Package for Amazon's HQ2 Takes Shape

Details of the community benefits package promised as part of Amazon's HQ2 development deal with Arlington County, Virginia made news this week.

November 27, 2019 - WTOP

Philadelphia Street

Proposed Law Would Require Community Benefits Negotiations for 'High Impact' Projects in Philadelphia

A recently proposed law would attempt to force developers and neighborhood projects to the table to negotiate large projects in the city of Philadelphia.

June 19, 2019 - PlanPhilly

Central Park - Manhattan, New York

Opinion: Funding for N.Y.C. Parks Should Be a Priority

New York City parks are in desperate need of maintenance and infrastructure improvements, and the city should make investments now to support these essential public spaces.

May 29, 2019 - City & State New York

Jackson Park Chicago

Obama Presidential Center Still Facing Controversies

The project will bring money and visitors to Chicago’s South Side, but the community wants more assurances that the future of residents will be a priority.

March 25, 2019 - Next City

Jackson Park

Chicago Moves Forward Legislation on Obama Presidential Center

The former president's Obama Presidential Center, to be constructed in Chicago's Jackson Park, has faced opposition from nearby residents concerned about its effects on the area.

October 12, 2018 - The Chicago Tribune

California neighborhood

Community Benefit Agreements Help University Expansions Benefit Everyone

From USC to Columbia University, "town and gown" collaborations regarding university expansion have proven to benefit all parties, writes planning activist and affordable housing developer Murtaza Baxamusa.

August 28, 2018 - UrbDeZine

Jackson Park

Obama's Presidential Center Raises Displacement Concerns

As the former president seeks to distinguish the Obama Presidential Center from for-profit development, many locals still want to see a binding community benefits agreement.

October 13, 2017 - CityLab

A Community Benefits Proposal is Ignored. Is Displacement Far Behind?

A tent city occupation in Atlanta is among several recent actions in cities around the country. Residents fearing displacement at the hands of publicly supported private development are organizing, and running for office, against it.

April 29, 2017 - Shelterforce/Rooflines

The old and the new

Detroit Considers Community Benefit Agreements for Megaprojects

As developers plan city-saving projects like a billion-dollar bridge to Canada, Detroit residents demand that tangible benefits go to their communities. City council may pass an ordinance to that effect.

March 26, 2015 - Next City

Community Benefits Agreement in Brooklyn Draws Criticism from Local Organizations

An agreement between Related Developers and a community organization that has gotten substantial support from an area councilman to support a job training and referral program draws criticism from some groups who feel left out.

August 25, 2013 - City Limits

Is Columbia University Snubbing Harlem Architects?

Arch527, a coalition of African-American architects from Harlem with an impressive portfolio, says Columbia University is failing to include them in its $6.3 billion campus expansion into West Harlem, in violation of a community benefits agreement.

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