Saturday, June 30, 2007

Legislation for Public Private Partnerships

In an acknowledgement of the power of the concept—which we call for in the management of the Parkway— recent legislation requires business and nonprofits work with government in one area of the public good.

CA | Partnership for Urban Communities
SB 765 creates the California Partnership for Urban Communities, which is required to contract with nonprofit entities to administer the program.

Excerpts from bill:

Legislative Counsel’s Digest

SB 765, as amended, Ridley-Thomas. Economic development:
California Partnership for Urban Communities.

Existing law provides for various programs and activities in the development of economic opportunities for businesses in the state.

This bill would, until January 1, 2012, create the California Partnership for Urban Communities in state government, with a specified membership and specified duties with respect to coordinating and improving government efforts for at-risk urban communities, as defined. It would require the partnership to contract with nonprofit entities to administer the program, and to report annually to the Governor and the Legislature on its activities. The bill would appropriate $1,000,000 $500,000 to the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency for these purposes….

…(m) Leveraging of public funds through collaborative projects with the private and nonprofit sectors can produce partnerships that result in an overall savings to state and local government while ultimately increasing revenues due to increased employment and a higher standard of living.

(n) By supporting public-private partnerships, business, education, and law enforcement entities in at-risk communities, the state ensures a longstanding commitment to economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights…