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AAACF Washtenaw County Capital Research Report: 2020 Analysis of Local Capital Flow & Opportunities

October 14, 2020

Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation commissioned this research from Revalue and EntryPoint to assess the flow of capital across Washtenaw County. Over the past two years, AAACF has embarked on a journey of discovery around a vision to help build an equitable economic development ecosystem that includes placebased impact investors who are contributing to sustainable and inclusive prosperity for all of Washtenaw County's residents. Our vision in commissioning this report is to determine the sources of capital investment into Washtenaw County-based businesses, who is benefiting from that capital investment, how much capital might be at play in any given year, and a first attempt to quantify how much capital is needed to have a thriving and equitable economy. While the community has access to a wide array of data sets, how capital is flowing through the county is something that has not yet been studied. To do so, EntryPoint analyzed results from 593 unique institutional investors, registered investment advisors, bank trusts, Washtenaw County companies, and individual investors.

Exploring the Green Infrastructure Workforce: Jobs for the Future

March 28, 2017

How many people work in green infrastructure? What are the jobs? What level of compensation do they offer? What are the educational requirements? How much potential is there for job creation as green infrastructure investments increase? How is the green infrastructure workforce within the six U.S. cities examined for this report similar to—or different than—that in the nation as a whole?This issue brief attempts to answer these and other questions about current and emerging workforce trends related to the rise in green infrastructure activities. It summarizes the results of research conducted by Jobs for the Future (JFF) as part of NatureWORKS, a national initiative to understand the jobs, careers, skills, credentials, and potential of the U.S. green infrastructure workforce. The study was funded by the U.S. Forest Service's National Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program as recommended by the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, NUCFAC.The research focused on occupations involved in the direct installation, maintenance, and inspection (IMI) of the green infrastructure (GI) and their first-line supervisors. This report describes the GI-IMI involvement of occupations whose work includes green infrastructure activities. It also discusses the emerging movement to certify green infrastructure workers in the stormwater management field as a way to both raise the quality of GI work and promote green infrastructure implementation, thereby expanding the workforce.

Growing Local Food Systems: A Case Study Series on the Role of Local Governments

March 1, 2015

In 2012, Michigan State University's (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems and the International City/County Management Association's (ICMA) Center for Sustainable Communities collaborated to understand more about the ways that local governments are supporting local food systems through a national survey. Building off that survey research, the organizations identified four communities to feature as part of a series of case studies exploring how and why theyengage in food systems development.Staff interviewed key stakeholders from each of the four communities to document their experiences and identify common themes that have affected their success. The four communities profiled are: Catawba County, North Carolina (population 154,810), Decatur, Georgia (population 20,086), Topsham, Maine (population 8,750), Washtenaw County and Ann Arbor, Michigan (county population 354,240; city population 117,025).

Hunger in America 2010 Local Report Prepared for The Food Gatherers Food Bank

February 1, 2010

This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by The Food Gatherers Food Bank. The information is drawn from a national study, Hunger in America 2010, conducted in 2009 for Feeding America (FA) (formerly America's Second Harvest), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The national study is based on completed inperson interviews with more than 62,000 clients served by the FA national network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 37,000 FA agencies. The study summarized below focuses on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the FA network.Key Findings: The FA system served by The Food Gatherers Food Bank provides emergency food for an estimated 43,900 different people annually.32% of the members of households served by The Food Gatherers Food Bank are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).26% of households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).Among households with children, 72% are food insecure and 39% are food insecure with very low food security (Table of clients served by The Food Gatherers Food Bank report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).24% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).24% of households served by The Food Gatherers Food Bank report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)The Food Gatherers Food Bank included approximately 75 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 73 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 59 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.48% of pantries, 50% of kitchens, and 25% of shelters are run by faith-based agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious organizations (Table 10.6.1).Among programs that existed in 2006, 92% of pantries, 80% of kitchens, and 62% of shelters of The Food Gatherers Food Bank reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites (Table 10.8.1).Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 88% of the food distributed by pantries, 60% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 52% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).As many as 91% of pantries, 73% of kitchens, and 75% of shelters in The Food Gatherers Food Bank use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).