Urban helps leaders in Chicago, Memphis, and Rochester best align federal pandemic-response funds with their inclusive and equitable recovery goals. We conduct research on inclusive methods for allocating federal relief dollars, facilitate opportunities for peer learning across cities, and develop data visualization products that track federal funding allocations to communities.
Equity in Place
Urban supports federal agencies as they implement President Biden’s Justice40 directive and other place-based initiatives by facilitating dialogues between local and federal agency leaders and raising best practices on federal-local partnerships. By providing a federal policy playbook, Urban is ensuring that both federal and local actors achieve their desired outcomes through this project.
Community Impact Assessment Tool
We are redesigning Urban’s Community Impact Assessment Tool (formerly the Opportunity Zone Tool) to help local leaders across sectors evaluate potential economic development projects for racial equity and social impact.
Federal Data Infrastructure Project
Urban is creating data guides for applicants competing for funding under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Our guides will spotlight the main data sources local leaders need to meet application and reporting requirements for specific federal grant programs and highlight what policy questions localities have to answer to ensure funds are distributed equitably.