OCCORD’s Accountable Development Program promotes
community-driven policies designed to extend the benefits of economic
development to working families throughout our region.We utilize a hybrid organizing and training
model to maximize impact on public policy in a region where organizational
structures that promote civic involvement are relatively uncommon and isolated
from each other.Through strategic, coalitional organizing, we
bring together community organizations, policy advocates, unions, and
faith-based groups to create a common agenda for regional economic
development.Through targeted, neighborhood organizing, we
identify and train new leaders and build sustainable organizational
infrastructure in communities where the impact of local economic development
policies has been disproportionately negative.
We convene the Community Benefits Coalition, comprised of organizational stakeholders, as well as a
Neighborhood Organizing Committee, made up of grassroots
neighborhood leaders.With training and
technical assistance from OCCORD, both groups have advocated for community
benefits agreements covering economic development projects that receive direct public
investment and for community development standards covering projects that
benefit from indirect government incentives.
The Community Benefits Coalition represents an array of expertise on issues such as affordable housing, jobs and employment, child care, community health, environment, youth development, and universal design, among many others. The Community Benefits Coalition is spearheading the campaign for responsible development in the Platinum Triangle and has advanced strategies to incorporate neighborhood residents in the planning process and build power for working families in Anaheim.
OCCORD has developed a neighborhood organizing program which consists of identifying, recruiting, training, and empowering neighborhood leaders through hands-on organizing campaigns that raise the quality of life in their communities. These neighborhood leaders are recruited as Neighborhood Organizing Committee (NOC).