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January 31, 2006

Neighborhood groups seek benefit package from convention center developer

An interesting article about community groups in Albany who are seeking a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) with the developer of a new convention center.

Similar agreements have been signed over the past several years in California and New York City requiring such things as a minimum percentage of living wage jobs, job training, contracts with minority- and women-owned businesses, affordable housing and environmental improvements in neighborhoods.


NoLandGrab: The groups in Albany seem to be following the example set by Los Angeles' Staples Center CBA, where community groups banded together and formed a group to negotiate an agreement with the developer, instead of Brooklyn's Forest City Ratner model, where the groups have been brought together, and in some cases formed by, the developer.

Posted by lumi at January 31, 2006 8:45 AM