SAN DIEGO–The Civic San Diego Board of Directors Wednesday approved a Community Benefits Policy designed to establish guidelines to ensure publicly funded projects make meaningful positive impacts on the historically underserved communities in which they are developed.
Following a 20-week community engagement initiative that included significant outreach and input from a broad range of stakeholders both in-person and online, and conducted in all communities Civic San Diego serves (Downtown, Encanto, Southeastern, City Heights, and all the former redevelopment project areas), Civic San Diego drafted a policy to guide implementation of important benefits that could result from publicly funded projects. Civic San Diego used data collected in this outreach process to develop the Community Benefits Policy.
“Our core mission is creating positive economic activity in our neighborhoods,” said Civic San Diego President Reese Jarrett. “This new policy assures all publicly funded projects going forward are evaluated to ensure we maximize opportunities that respect San Diego’s diverse communities and priorities, foster job growth and create housing and public infrastructure improvements that promote a strong quality of life for residents and businesses.”
Some of the many key components reflected in the Community Benefits Policy that would be evaluated as each project moves forward could include:
- Promoting the development of mixed-income housing
- Promoting the recruitment, training and retention of local residents to work on projects
- Contracting with local businesses
- Local business expansion, retention and relocation
- Youth workforce development
- Arts and culture
Civic San Diego staff will present an update on the Community Benefits Policy at the June 2015 Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations (ED&IR) Committee of the San Diego City Council.