Emerald Cities Collaborative's December Newsletter
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New Orleans Taps ECC to Facilitate Access to Economic Opportunities for Residents, Businesses

Emerald Cities is now partnering with the City of New Orleans on workforce and business development programs that will maximize economic opportunities for local residents and businesses as the city invests in major capital improvement programs.
The joint effort stems from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s September 9 announcement of an Economic Opportunity Strategy connecting disadvantaged job seekers and businesses to the city’s economic growth.
The city chose ECC to help execute its strategy after an exhaustive review of best practices across the nation and learning about Veronica Soto, EC Los Angeles director, and her experience implementing the community workforce agreement for the Los Angeles Unified School District’s $27 billion School Construction Program. 
“We are pleased to share our expertise on workforce development for disadvantaged populations with the City of New Orleans,” said Soto. 
ECC to EPA: State 111(d) Plans Must Ensure Environmental Equity for Low-Income Neighborhoods
State plans for reducing carbon emissions under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act must ensure equity for low-income communities of color, ECC said in comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed 111(d) regulations. EPA will issue final regulations June 1, 2015, and individual or multi-state plans are due by June 30, 2016. (See timetable here.)

ECC national and local staff will work with state officials and allied organizations over the coming 18 months to include representatives of low-income communities of color in the development of state plans. The ultimate goal is to ensure that these communities share equally in the benefits of reduced carbon emissions, including a share of any jobs created as states implement those plans.
The Partnership for Working Families, an ECC board member, will host the launch of its 2x2 Campaign to "Improve the Lives of Two Million in Two Years" on Thursday, January 29, at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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