Community Benefit Agreements


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The Detroit People’s Platform is a member organization in the Equitable Detroit Coalition. Visit the EDC site for more information on the CBA Ordinance.

Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) provide a tool to help ensure that public investments have a true community benefit, rather than only benefiting powerful development interests. CBAs engage residents in the decision-making process, and use a binding legal contract to leverage public investment for a public good that is in line with true community needs.

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Reasons to Support the Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance

  •     Nearly 2000 Detroiters have signed the petition calling for a strong and enforceable Community Benefit Agreement ordinance and the number of signatures is growing.
  •     Detroiters deserve the type of economic development where all Detroiters benefit not just a few wealthy individuals and big corporations.
  •     When our tax dollars and public lands are used to benefit private investments, Detroiters deserve a strong and enforceable Community Benefit Agreement ordinance on the books to protect our interest.
  •     We call on each city council member to support a strong and enforceable community benefit agreement ordinance!

Here are the documents shared at the October 16th Council Planning and Economic Development Committee Meeting:

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More on Community Benefit Agreements

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CBA Media Round-Up

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/wayne-county/2014/10/24/duggan-team-warns-development-ordinance/17837761/

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/wayne-county/2014/10/21/detroit-development-benefit/17700399/

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/wayne-county/2014/10/07/degc-community-benefits-ordinance-hurt-development/16879339/

http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/columnists/tom-walsh/2014/10/07/detroit-development-ordinance/16857551/

http://michiganradio.org/post/debate-heats-over-community-benefits-ordinance-detroit

http://www.metrotimes.com/Blogs/archives/2014/10/17/report-community-benefits-ordinance-not-absolute-requirement-for-development-to-sign-agreement

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/2014/10/13/letter-chang-defends-community-benefits/17056177/

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20141012/BLOG200/310129964/cbo-creates-barrier-to-new-investment

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20141026/NEWS/141029897/ordinance-would-be-deal-killer

http://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/heres-what-detroits-proposed-urban-development-agreements-ordinance-is-about/Content?oid=2259572

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