March 15, 2017

Enterprise Co-Hosts Third Convening of the Prosperity Playbook Community of Practice


This week Enterprise Community Partners, the National League of Cities, the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy and the American Planning Association hosted the third meeting of the Prosperity Playbook Community of Practice (CoP), a peer-to-peer network of local leaders dedicated to addressing the fundamental issues of equity and opportunity in their cities.

The CoP was originally established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help execute the agency’s Prosperity Playbook initiative, which sought to connect city officials to existing efforts to improve economic mobility and expand housing affordability across the country. Last year HUD released a first-of-its-kind online toolkit with case studies and best practices for local policymakers, which was the culmination of more than a year of research and in-person workshops with members of the CoP.

This week’s meeting, which took place during NLC’s Congressional Cities Conference in Washington, DC, brought together city councilmembers, housing commissioners and planning officials from more than a dozen major cities across the U.S., including Austin, Baltimore, Denver, the District of Columbia, Charlotte, Cleveland, Houston, Louisville, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Rochester and San Francisco. The day was split into two parts:

  1. An overview of the outlook for federal policy in the coming months, with a focus on tax reform, impending budget cuts and the future of key regulations like HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule.

  2. A discussion of promising strategies for addressing local housing problems, with a focus on expanding local resources, establishing inclusionary zoning rules and using data to better understand community needs.

Enterprise is proud to be part of the Prosperity Playbook initiative, and we look forward to working with NLC, Lincoln and the APA, in close collaboration with HUD, to continue this important work in the months and years to come. We will also work to coordinate the work of the CoP to other Enterprise-led networks of state and local policymakers, such as the High-Cost Cities Housing Forum and the National Resource Network

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