Economic Development

Economic Development, ITEP, Caddo Parish, Industrial Tax Exemptions

NCLI Leads First Local Rejection of Industrial Tax Break in Louisiana

Sunday, February 18, 2018
The Advocate

Fighting a four-front battle to better invest local public funds, Northern & Central Louisiana Interfaith (NCLI) leaders recently persuaded the Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator to become the first local official in state history to use the newly-granted local authority to reject an industrial tax exemption request.

This month, three more local entities – Caddo Parish, the City of Shreveport, and the Caddo Parish School Board – will vote on multi-million dollar tax exemption requests, one application at a time.

NCLISC

ITEP, business, Community Organizing in Louisiana, Economic Development

Power of Together Baton Rouge Recognized by Business Journal

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

With the ITEP issue, TBR—and the statewide network it has since helped grow, Together Louisiana—catapulted itself into a whole new realm, where big money, big business and politics converge.

Though the group continued to portray itself as a local organization intent on helping the community, it had picked a fight with the most powerful interests in the state. Those who had considered TBR little more than an annoyance suddenly realized it was a force with which to be reckoned. The gloves came off...

Together Baton Rouge

Minimum Wages, Economic Development, Texas IAF

COPS/Metro Hikes Base Municipal Wage in San Antonio to $14.25 /Hour

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
San Antonio Express News & More

Months after 750 COPS / Metro leaders challenged candidates for San Antonio City Council and the Bexar County Commissioners’ Court to support their living wage agenda in a nonpartisan accountability assembly — and then delivered 8,555 voters to the polls in support of their agenda — both Bexar County and the City of San Antonio increased entry wages to $14.25 per h

Cops/ Metro Alliance

Workforce Development, Job Training, living wages, Economic Development

IAF Workforce Development Model Crushes Competition, Shows Sizable and Sustained Gains

Friday, April 21, 2017
Economic Mobility

Almost ten years ago, Project QUEST agreed to participate in a randomized control trial in which half of a pool of 400+ qualified and equally motivated applicants were picked by a computer to participate in Project QUEST.  The other half were turned away and they pursued other options.

West / Southwest IAF

Job Training, ACTS, QUEST, Economic Development, Lady Carlson

Northern & Central LA Interfaith Launches ACTS to Combat Poverty

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
KTBS

With Louisiana as the state with the third highest number of poor people, many of them working full-time, Northern & Central Louisiana Interfaith leaders are devising new ways to tackle poverty.  Says Pastor Clayton Moore, “If you work, how is it that you’re poor?”

NCLISC

living wages, Economic Development, Jorge Montiel, Surya Kalra

In Conservative Town, Faith-Based Group Tackles Minimum Wages

Monday, November 9, 2015
National Public Radio

In Texas, one of the most conservative right-to-work states in the country, a church-based organization has begun to make headway in enacting a "living wage" for San Antonio city employees.

In addition to having no state-mandated minimum wage for the private sector, the Legislature has made it illegal for any Texas city or local jurisdiction to pass its own minimum wage.

Cops/ Metro Alliance

Living Wage, Economic Development, Texas IAF, organizing in San Antonio

COPS / Metro Gains Support of City Manager on $13 / Hr Living Wage

Monday, August 3, 2015
San Antonio Express-News and KENS5 Cops/ Metro Alliance

living wages, Economic Development, Texas IAF, Jorge Montiel

COPS / Metro Fights Battle to Raise Wages in San Antonio

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
San Antonio Current

Communities Organized for Public Service and the Metro Alliance, or COPS/Metro, one of the leading wage advocacy groups in San Antonio, started its living wage campaign about a year ago. The goal is to raise hourly wages for public workers to at least $14.91 — the average amount needed for a family four to stay off government assistance such as food stamps.

Cops/ Metro Alliance

Arena, Community Organizing in Milwaukee, stadium, Economic Development

Bucks Arena Financing Faces Tight Timetable... and Common Ground

Monday, April 13, 2015
Journal Sentinel of Milwaukee

....Then there is Common Ground, a community group that is opposed to the use of public money for the new arena. The group wants public money for improved playgrounds and recreational spaces in Milwaukee County.

Common Ground

San Antonio, Wages, Economic Development, Community Organizing in Texas

COPS Metro Raises Wages of Lowest Paid Workers in San Antonio

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
San Antonio Express News

In a win that COPS / Metro is calling “a beginning,” the Board of the Alamo (Community) Colleges approved wage raises for its lowest paid workers including an $11.50 minimum for full-time employees.

Cops/ Metro Alliance

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