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Recession Recovery...and Beyond: A Regional Study

January 25, 2019

The Great Recession of 2007-09, as pundits are now calling it, hit Northeast Florida brutally. A regional economy that had been fueled by population and construction growth, consistently doing better than the national average, saw unemployment skyrocket when the housing market collapsed, the economy retracted, and population growth slowed to a trickle.Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (JCCI) surveyed the community to identify residents' top priority for in-depth study. Job growth far surpassed any other regional issue. Volunteers and partner organizations from the seven-county region came together to explore new ideas for retaining existing jobs, rapidly creating new jobs, and for positioning the region for long-term economic growth.The study committee visited the seven partner counties (Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns), examined existing job development plans and economic development strategies for the region, and explored promising practices from other regions that were achieving success despite the national economic climate.The resulting recommendations are designed to enhance economic development and job creation, signaling to the state and nation that Northeast Florida is open for business.Implementation of these recommendations will highlight Northeast Florida's existing assets and strengthen its competitive advantages in the economic world. Most significantly, action will build on Northeast Florida's successes and enhance the combined regional approach to competing in the global marketplace.First, the region must focus on its key regional growth industries. The primary immediate opportunities for substantial job creation in the region are in the areas of:* port logistics and associated industries* health and medical sciences* aviation/aerospace and defense contracting* financial servicesSecond, the region must bring its business and education sectors together in a shared emphasis to build and maintain an educated and skilled workforce. Shifting economic realities, along with the skill sets required for job growth, necessitate the training (or re-training) of local workers and the retention of these skilled local workers in their employment positions. It also prescribes the need for attracting talented workers from around the world.Third, economic success will require even more emphasis on encouraging the growth of small businesses. Enhancing the region's entrepreneurial spirit is critical to sustaining a vibrant economy. Improving access to support for small business development and expansion holds the potential for creating more jobs and more business owners.Fourth, the region requires both a vibrant urban heart and an expanded vision of its assets and aspirations – unfettered by current boundary definitions. The outsider's view of Northeast Florida often begins with Jacksonville and its downtown core. A good first impression of the city, along with having strong economic development partners with a variety of different attributes, can have long term positive implications. Successful regional economic development also means rethinking the regions boundary lines and embracing all the potential Northeast Florida has to offer – such as the research capacities demonstrated by the University of FloridaFifth, regional leadership must come together to encourage economic growth and enhance the business-ready environment of Northeast Florida. Regional leadership (political, business, and community) must maintain focus on reducing issues that unnecessarily add roadblocks to sustainable economic growth, by streamlining regulation and permitting processes, in order to improve Northeast Florida's competitiveness and economic success.Together, the implementation of these recommendations can accelerate short-term job creation and, more significantly, strengthen the region's ability to sustain economic growth for years to come.

Charting the Sea of Goodwill

December 9, 2015

"Charting The Sea Of Goodwill," conducts a comprehensive landscape analysis of the military and veteran-service organization space and its funding sources, and finds that while the support needed by more than 21 million veterans in America is growing, philanthropic support is fragmented and charitable contributions are not keeping pace. The authors of the report provide a comprehensive overview of the state of philanthropy for the military and veteran community from 2001 until now.

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator: User Guide

October 12, 2015

A disaster can strike anytime, anywhere. When it does, a poorly-managed response can put the safety and well-being of residents at risk and expose housing owners to unnecessary costs, problems and liabilities. Having the right plan in place before a disaster will help you manage an effective, coordinated response across staff, departments, partner agencies and sites.The Ready to Respond: Disaster Staffing Toolkit will help your organization prepare for and respond to a disaster. The Toolkit is based on the Incident Command System (ICS), a planning framework used by federal, state and local first responder agencies to help structure the command, control and coordination of emergency response. It includes guidance on staff roles and responsibilities and the disaster-related protocols and systems which will enable you to mount an effective emergency response.The Toolkit is designed to support three vital goals—building protection, resident engagement and business continuity. This will allow your organization to minimize building damage and ensure quick return to service; support the safety, preparedness and recovery of your residents, and maintain key business operations throughout a disaster.

2015 State Of The Nonprofit Sector: Survey Analyzer

March 22, 2015

Nonprofit Finance Fund's (NFF) 2015 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey focuses on the underlying causes of these dynamics by exploring the programmatic, financial, and operational issues facing nonprofits across the U.S. We launched the Survey in 2008, when economic crisis threatened the viability of many organizations. Seven years later, results from 5,451 respondents show some indications of recovery, stabilization, and growth. Nonprofits are adding jobs, engaging in strategic conversations such as leadership succession planning, and looking to retain their workforce. Yet as they raise their sights from the focus on short-term crisis, many are confronting the troubling reality that current practices cannot sustain organizations in the long-term or meet the needs of the communities they serve now. Many organizations have stumbled out of crisis looking to make the necessary investments to secure their long-term future. And it is a hard road ahead.NFF has opened up the anonymized, aggregated data to the whole community: you can use their online Survey Analyzer to investigate responses across states, sub-sectors, budget size, and much more. A "compare" function makes it easy to see side-by-side views of various data slices.

Place-Based Initiatives in the Context of Public Policy and Markets: Moving to Higher Ground

March 15, 2015

This monograph is the culmination of a yearlong inquiry by The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at USC into place based work. It includes a 50-year evolution of place-based initiatives and a synthesis of the inquiry's conversations with dozens of the foremost practitioners and scholars in the field, many of whom have spent their entire careers working on major philanthropic initiatives or government efforts addressing geographically-concentrated poverty. Among the insights in the report: poor U.S. neighborhoods are not all the same; a single process will not reverse generations of poverty; and public policy must be "place-conscious." National thought leaders also strongly recommend that in order to be successful, anti-poverty initiatives must be "nested" within larger, mutually reinforcing public policies and connected to the market economy; and philanthropic, corporate, and public resources should be "braided" together to achieve scale and impact. It also includes an important statement about the significance of "place-based" strategy by The Honorable Henry Cisneros, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with an illustrative example from Dr. Robert K. Ross President and CEO of the California Endowment, which is in the midst of a ten-year, 14-site, $1 billion place-based campaign in California, and a dozen response essays from a variety of experts across a range of disciplines.

The Arts Factor: Measurable Impact. Boundless Possibilities.

June 1, 2014

The world's most inspiring and innovative cities place arts and culture among their greatest assets. They understand the importance of factoring the arts into decisions that shape the future of their region and the lives of their residents.Boston is a great city and a great region -- and we have the potential to shine even brighter. The Arts Factor is an initiative established by ArtsBoston that uses data to demonstrate the positive impact that arts and culture have on Greater Boston.We are launching The Arts Factor with this 2014 Report featuring new research on the ways that the region's nonprofit arts and cultural sector transforms lives, builds stronger communities, and strengthens the local economy. The data used for this research are drawn primarily from the Massachusetts Cultural Data Project, part of a national effort to collect and use data to strengthen arts and cultural organizations.Through this initiative, we envision a future of positive collaboration among our region's diverse stakeholders, wellinformed investments in arts and cultural initiatives, and projects and policies that will benefit everyone in Greater Boston.

Sustainable Procurement of Wood and Paper-Based Products: Version 3

December 1, 2012

Version 3 of this guide incorporates the most up-to-date developments on the legality of forest products, new technological developments to control wood and paper supply chains and increase their transparency, and an expanded chapter on the social implications of forest products.Decisions regarding the purchase and use of wood and paper-based products can have far-reaching, long-term impacts on the forests where they are harvested and the people and industries that depend on those forests for their livelihoods and raw materials.This joint WRI/WBCSD publication provides information about 10 key issues procurement managers might address as they develop and implement their procurement policies.

Testing the Impact of Higher Achievement's Year-Round Out-of-School-Time Program on Academic Outcomes

October 4, 2011

Presents findings from a multiyear evaluation of an intensive long-term OST program's effect on low-income middle school students' academic performance, attitudes, and behaviors. Outlines implications for financially strapped districts.

Benchmarking 2010: Trends in Education Philanthropy

October 5, 2010

Education funders tend to work in a vacuum -- each organization has its own mission and its own grantmaking budget. But given the depth and breadth of challenges to our education systems, these efforts can never achieve real change -- unless we have a collective knowledge base and an ability to align and coordinate funders' work. This report provides data, analysis, best practices and challenges to the field, all geared to increasing the collective impact of education grantmakers, and ultimately to improving education for all learners.

Building Our Future: An Agenda for Quality Urban Education in Rhode Island

October 24, 2009

Recommends policy actions to create the infrastructure and political will to improve public education through pre-K education, early literacy, expanded learning time, multiple pathways, statewide educator quality development, and educator collaboration.

Giving in Greater Kansas City: Summary of Charitable Contributions in 2007

July 24, 2009

Examines trends in charitable giving by individuals, foundations, corporations, and bequests to charities working in nine issue areas. Analyzes giving to local groups, average household giving, and giving by issue area compared with U.S. trends.

Green Cities: How Urban Sustainability Efforts Can and Must Drive America's Climate Change Policies

May 9, 2009

Documents the progress cities have made in green building, green workforce development, and transit-oriented development. Suggests policies and partnerships with federal government, business, labor, and philanthropy to achieve an equitable green economy.