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Building Community for Prosperity and Inclusion: Gallagher

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This presentation was delivered at NADO's Annual Training Conference, held in Anchorage, Alaska on September 9-12, 2017.

Public, private, and nonprofit partners work together in Anchorage to promote policies, plans, and programs that support social and economic integration of new and long-time residents. Learn how these various efforts dovetail to ensure economic vitality, common ground, and shared leadership. Lessons learned from this session will apply at the regional, county, or community levels.

Moira Gallagher, Live. Work. Play. Director, AEDC, Anchorage, AK
Mara Kimmel, First Lady of Anchorage, City of Anchorage, Anchorage, AK
Lourdes Linato-Crawford, President, Bridge Builders of Anchorage, Anchorage, AK
Wanetta Ayers, Interim Executive Director, Prince William Sound, EDD, Anchorage, AK, Moderator

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Building Community for Prosperity and Inclusion: Gallagher

  1. 1. What is Live. Work. Play.? A community-led grassroots effort to improve quality of life in Anchorage, attracting and retaining a strong workforce and fostering a sustainable, diverse and growing economy. Our vision is to make Anchorage the #1 city in America to live, work and play by 2025.
  2. 2. Live. Work. Play. is divided into seven Areas of Focus: Housing Creative Placemaking Workforce Development Workplace Well-Being Community Safety Trails One Anchorage, One Economy
  3. 3. Live. Work. Play. Workforce Development • Nationwide, surveys of employers show that the #1 asset companies look for when deciding where to locate is access to a broad, well- educated talent pool • Locally, employer survey results show that the #1 challenge for businesses in Anchorage is access to talented workforce
  4. 4. The question on everyone’s mind What do Millennials want? • Integrated community with opportunity to connect • Job and financial security in fulfilling roles; entrepreneurship • Diversity and inclusion, not a homogenous population • Art, culture, and a vibrant social scene How do we get there? • Incentivize high density residential development downtown • Encourage employer policies that are family-friendly • Invest in public transit, mixed-use development • Bring neighborhoods together with art and activites
  5. 5. Top Ten Cities for Millennials Arlington, VA Minneapolis, MN Cambridge, MA Sandy Springs, GASunnyvale, CABerkeley, CA Ann Arbor, MISeattle, WA Alexandria, VA San Francisco, CA
  6. 6. What does Amazon want? • A city of 1 million residents or more • Diverse population • Recreational opportunities and high quality of life • Housing to accommodate 50,000 new employees • Access to mass transit • At least one university
  7. 7. Diversity and inclusion How do Baby Boomers define “diversity”? • A representation of fairness and protection to all, regardless of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. How do Millennials define “diversity”? • The blending of different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives within a team, which is known as cognitive diversity.
  8. 8. Diversity and inclusion How do Baby Boomers define “inclusion”? • A business environment that integrates individuals of all of the above demographics into one workplace How do Millennials define “inclusion”? • Support for a collaborative environment that values open participation from individuals with different ideas and perspectives that has a positive impact on business • Leadership at such an organization is transparent, communicative, and engaging In other words: it starts with business
  9. 9. What are the challenges? • Expensive housing • Aging inventory with poor condition • Unavailable housing in desired areas (local AEDC and national surveys show over 50% of population wants to live in an urban walking environment.) Live. Work. Play. Housing • Major employers cite housing as one of the top difficulties to attract and retain talented workers • A strong talent pool is critical for Anchorage to be the #1 place to live, work and play.
  10. 10. Housing Survey
  11. 11. Housing Survey
  12. 12. Creative Placemaking: Best Practices • Portland: City Repair Project hosts intersection painting in residential neighborhoods, bringing together neighborhoods for the process of brainstorming and painting • Project Row Houses, a Houston non-profit, “shifts the view of art from traditional studio practice to a more conceptual base of transforming the social environment.” • What public-private partnerships could Anchorage create that inspire art and culture within residential communities?
  13. 13. Community Safety • Neighborhood disorder has a direct impact on economic growth • Studies show that neighborhoods with high disorder are perceived as less safe, and residents’ feelings of helplessness are high • Neighborhood disorder is correlated with weak neighborhood ties • Perception is key because it can make an area
  14. 14. Green Dot Training for Employers and Staff • Green Dot Training is a free bystander intervention program that is offered nationwide to reduce the incidence of violence in the community • Teaches techniques to intervene safely before a situation escalates • Offered for free to employers who wish to train staff to keep employees and their families safe www.facebook.com/greendotanchorage/
  15. 15. Workplace Well-being • Attracting and retaining talent means creating a workplace environment that promotes mental and physical well-being Learn more and take the employer workplace wellbeing survey!
  16. 16. • Connection to place is critical in development healthy and economically robust neighborhoods • Our trails provide a unique opportunity to feel connected to your neighborhood and your city Neighborhood pride and trails
  17. 17. Moira Gallagher: mgallagher@aedcweb.com

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