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

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?


___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.