Shared Economic Prosperity Initiatives

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Create an Inclusive Development Environment

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Create a dedicated fund for development review activities, which will allow for investments such as digital submittal and review and retention of employees during brief periods of reduced development activity.
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Establish consistent and committed service levels between all development review departments.
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Evaluate and propose innovative new development review products, such as face-to-face reviews, expedited reviews, and after-hours inspections 
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Evaluate full cost recovery model for development review program, where program application fees cover the cost of City review.
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Evaluate and propose a grant program or other means of ensuring equitable access to development review program permits and approvals, especially for low and moderate-income homeowners and entrepreneurs.
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Implement a system of digital submittal, review and approval
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Conduct an annual evaluation of the development review program
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Evaluate and propose an approach and governance program for consolidated records management between development review departments and conversion of historic paper records to digital format

Build a Talented, Competitive Workforce

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Re-design and implement an employment program for justice-involved residents.
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Grow the Durham Youth Internship Program from 200 to 1,000 placements.
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Fulfill the workforce needs of the business community by connecting residents to career pathways and work-based learning programs.
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Engage residents as well as internal and external partners to understand the barriers residents face to employment and career advancement.
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Engage with the community as well as internal and external partners to understand the barriers residents face to employment and career advancement
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Explore three apprenticeship tracks across three non-traditional industry sectors in partnership with Durham Public Schools and Durham Technical Community College.

Grow a Civic Infrastructure

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Re-evaluate City's Economic Incentive Policy
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Assess the barriers for small, minority-owned and women-owned businesses.
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Create a financial inclusion strategy with community partners
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Convene national and international foundations to leverage resources and establish relationships.
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Convene financial institutions to leverage access to capital for small businesses.
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Host a private sector roundtables to discuss the potential leveraging of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) resources.
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Establish an initiative centered on collaboration with area educational institutions that will focus on talent and technical assistance.
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Improve community capacity to provide economic opportunities for justice-involved individuals.
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Identify and recommend an approach to strategic community partnerships.

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