Image credit: United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County
Organizing for Community Benefits Agreements often focuses on billion dollar projects in big cities – how can smaller communities mobilize to build community wealth?
This is the subject of a new paper, Building Community Wealth: What is possible in rural, small and mid-sized communities, published by the Windsor/Essex Community Benefits Coalition and the United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County. Authors Frazier Fathers, Sarah Morris, Brady Holek, and Anam Khan highlight how smaller communities across Canada are putting in place measures to ensure new development is equitable and inclusive. These include local procurement strategies, job training, environmental protection, and ensuring communities have a voice in decision making processes.