Section 6. Promoting Community-Friendly Policies in Business and Goverment

Promoting Community-Friendly Policies Promoting Community-Friendly Policies
  • What do we mean by community-friendly policies?

  • Community-friendly policies are those social, economic, health, and environmental policies that make the community healthier and improve its quality of life.

  • Community-friendly policies respect cultural and other diversity, community history, and environmental integrity.

  • Community-friendly policies regard each community as unique, and take its characteristics into account.

  • Community-friendly policies use the community as the context for policy-making

  • Why promote community-friendly policies?

  • Community-friendly policies help everyone in the community.

  • Community-friendly policies promote equity.

  • Community-friendly policies promote diversity.

  • Community-friendly policies are good for business.

  • Community-friendly policies help politicians get reelected.

  • Community-friendly policies promote community health, environmental quality, financial stability, and social justice.

  • When would you promote community-friendly policies?

  • When policy is specifically being debated. 

  • When something new is about to be started. 

  • When there\'s an election.

  • When there\'s a crisis in the making

  • When there\'s a public groundswell for community-friendly policy in a specific area.

  • When the community is invited to the table

  • Who should promote community-friendly policies?

  • Everyone.

  • Stakeholders (i.e. those most directly affected by the policy).

  • Community activists.

  • Particular populations or groups who may have an interest (language minorities, public housing tenants, parents of children in the schools, the business community, low-income workers, etc.)

  • Public officials, both elected and appointed.

  • Public employees (who may be asked to carry out or administer policy).

  • Community-based organizations and community coalitions.

  • Educational institutions.

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