Steering Committee-Apr2014- Equity & Engagement Committee Update


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David Harris, Chair of the Equity & Engagement Committee (EEC), presented an update to the Steering Committee highlighting past achievements and upcoming activities.

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Steering Committee-Apr2014- Equity & Engagement Committee Update

  1. 1. Equity and Engagement Committee (EEC) Update David Harris, Chair (EEC) April 17th, 2014
  2. 2. Partnership for Sustainable Communities Six Livability Principles (U.S. Depts. Of Housing & Urban Development, Transportation, & Environmental Protection Agency) 1. Provide more transportation choices - Develop safe, reliable and economical transportation choices to decrease household transportation costs. 2. Promote equitable, affordable housing - Expand location- and energy- efficient housing choices for people of all ages, incomes, races and ethnicities to increase mobility and lower the combined cost of housing and transportation. 3. Enhance economic competitiveness - Improve economic competitiveness through reliable and timely access to employment centers, educational opportunities, services and other basic needs by workers as well as expanded business access to markets. 4. Support existing communities - Target federal funding toward existing communities—through such strategies as transit-oriented, mixed-use development and land recycling—to increase community revitalization, improve the efficiency of public works investments, and safeguard rural landscapes. 5. Coordinate policies and leverage investment - Align federal policies and funding to remove barriers to collaboration, leverage funding and increase the accountability and effectiveness of all levels of government to plan for future growth, including making smart energy choices such as locally generated renewable energy. 6. Value communities and neighborhoods - Enhance the unique characteristics of all communities by investing in healthy, safe, and walkable neighborhoods—rural, urban, or suburban.
  3. 3. • H2050 Goal - To develop a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development. The plan will include the development of several scenarios for future growth that represent different ways of achieving equilibrium between the goals of EQUITY, environmental sustainability, and economic growth in the future development of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan region. • Equity & Engagement Committee - Required by grant
  4. 4. Equity & Engagement Committee • Working Definition - Equity means all individuals and communities have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to attain their full potential. • “Lifting everyone to prosperity; providing a hand up, versus giving handouts down.”
  5. 5. Why Are Equity Goals/Strategies Important to Us All? • Rural Communities – Address retention of youth; support community development • Suburban Communities – Poverty is growing fastest in suburban areas; disconnected youth • Urban Communities – Areas of concentrated poverty; core of region (hub of wheel) • Region – Preparing for future growth and sustainable development (development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs).
  6. 6. America’s Changing Demographics
  7. 7. America’s Changing Demographics
  8. 8. America’s Changing Demographics
  9. 9. America’s Changing Demographics
  10. 10. America’s Changing Demographics
  11. 11. America’s Changing Demographics
  12. 12. America’s Changing Demographics
  13. 13. What does growing diversity mean for our region? • Omaha-Council Bluffs is becoming more diverse • Growth fueled by people of color • Youth are at the forefront of this demographic transition • Poverty remains a persistent barrier • Region will face skills gap unless educational levels improve • Lower inequality = stronger growth & economic benefits for all • Diversity is an economic asset
  14. 14. An Equity Framework is a Strategic Investment Opportunity • Equity goals build on and uplift resident & community strengths (‘Everyone Wins’) • Not a social program – full use of regional assets • Not charity - proven ROI • Equity = Economic competitiveness + Economic prosperity McKinsey & Co. (6/09) – Closing racial educational achievement gap between African-American/Latino and white students, by 1998, would have added $525 billion to U.S. GDP by 2008. (
  15. 15. Committee Members •African American Empowerment Network •Latino Center of the Midlands •Boys and Girls Club •No More Empty Pots •Family Housing Advisory Services •Douglas County Health Department •Omaha Public Schools •inCommon Community Development •Habitat for Humanity •Office of Latino/Latin America Studies •Creighton University •Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership •Black Men United •Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless (MACCH) •Golden Hills Natural Resource District •Voices for Children •Family, Inc •Promise Partners •Fair Housing Center of Omaha •Emerging Terrain •Omaha Housing Authority
  16. 16. Committee Accomplishments • Outreach & Engagement (30 % of workshop participants/attendees direct result of Equity Committee outreach) (Organized 3 values forums, 3 workshops, and door to door campaigns) • Development of Equity Framework Definition & Goals • Initial Development of Equity Indicators • Participation in HUD Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy • H2050 Selected for development of Regional Equity Profile (with PolicyLink & USC Program of Environmental & Regional Equity)
  17. 17. Future Committee Activities • Develop Omaha-region Equity Profile (July) • Complete development of Equity Indicators & identify Best Practice Policies and Programs for specific policy areas (within H2050 committee structure – People, Places, Resources) (May – September) • Convene Regional Equity Summit (September/October)
  18. 18. Call to Action • Who’s not here • Data needs? • Challenge of facilitating ongoing community engagement • Thank you for support
  19. 19. Feedback from Federal Agencies Senior Leadership at various federal agencies comments on Omaha/Council Bluffs region regarding applications for funding: • No comprehensive, regional development plan. • Applications did not account for equity. • Applications did not demonstrate broad, long-term collaborations required to address equity going forward
  20. 20. The Three Ps My Promise • Continue to partner with your staff and vigorously pursue and encourage federal funding opportunities where applicable for our region Your Pledge • Committed to seeing the region’s development and prosperity visible to all Our (O/CB Region) Practice • Collective consciousness of not just thinking about equity but its application in planning and future development
  21. 21. Equity and Engagement Committee Update (EEC) David Harris, Chair April 17th, 2014