“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." ~ Frederick Douglass

Month: September 2019

CBA Resource Guide

What is the community benefits approach? Major energy development and infrastructure projects provide significant opportunities, as well as challenges, for local communities. Although they often create new jobs and economic growth, they do not automatically result in sustained, local economic benefits. Increasingly, state and local governments and communities are looking for tools that help build sustained benefits to host communities. The DOE Office of Minority Business and Economic Development (MBED) supports the nation’s energy goals […]

Crains: Duggan: ‘We gotta clear’ more land for new factories

Read the full article: https://www.crainsdetroit.com/detroit-homecoming/duggan-we-gotta-clear-more-land-new-factories Speaking at the opening night of Detroit Homecoming, Duggan touted the city’s success in assembling more than 200 acres for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to get the automaker to invest $2.5 billion in two auto plants that will bring nearly 5,000 new jobs to the east side. The fast-tracked project has spurred interest from FCA suppliers to locate in Detroit. Dakkota Integrated Systems plans to build a 600,000-square-foot parts plant that will employ […]

Environmental ‘Public Health Fund’

September 16, 2019 The Fiat Chrysler expansion presents a new opportunity to consider community benefits that respond to Environmental Health issues around development projects that use public funds.  This is due to the environmental impacts of the project, the existing respiratory health crisis in the neighborhoods surrounding the plant and the “additional monitoring and community benefits” included in EGLE’s approval of FCAs “permits to install”. “The permittee shall work with the City of Detroit, through the […]