Initiated in 2019 by a of group of committed City of Wichita Council District 1 residents, businesses owners, and advocates, the District 1 Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) process was birthed. The group was motivated by a shared concern related to questions surrounding the impact of future neighborhood development projects on quality of life. Also, motivated by concerns of gentrification, resident and neighborhood business displacement, and public exclusion from the development process, these neighborhood advocates mobilized to be on the forefront of knowing about and understanding development projects occurring within the community. After numerous small group meetings to determine how to best engage key stakeholders, a decision was made to initiate an exploratory CBA Focus Group process of determining if the creation of a CBA template could be used as an economic development tool to support local community interests as well as increased public and private community investments.
What is a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA)
A Community Benefits Agreement or "CBA" is a contract signed by community groups and a real estate developer that requires the developer to provide specific amenities and/or mitigations to the local community or neighborhood. Site-specific community benefits agreements (CBAs) ensure that particular projects create opportunities for local workers and communities. Often, however, these projects change the city's development paradigm; when decision makers realize what well-considered projects with specific benefits attached can bring to the community, the city enacts community benefits policies that set the stage for lifting thousands of people out of poverty.
Three Examples of Successful CBAs
The group continues to work to bring a CBA to this community!
Can YOU help move this forward?
YES, you can!
By doing each of the following TODAY:
1. Affirmation of Standards: “STANDARDS FOR OUR COMMUNITY!”
Complete the “District 1 CBA Community Themes Form”
2. Community Engagement
Personally Invite Neighborhood Leaders and Community Members to Get Involved.
Send the “District 1 CBA Community Themes Form” to your network and ask them to
complete it. Form can be found here: https://forms.gle/C3YDmKFpqix7zZ7W6
3. Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) Core Planning Team Expansion
Join the District 1 CBA Core Planning Team!
Email us at CBADistrict1@gmail.com to let us know that YOU would like to be a part of
4. Stay Informed… Stay Engaged….
Send your questions, comments, ideas and suggestions to the CBA Core Leadership
Team at: CBADistrict1@gmail.com
Again, we want to thank you for your willingness to support this effort.
Also, whether you LIVE, WORK, or PLAY in this community, please be sure to complete the District 1 CBA Community Themes Form”: https://forms.gle/C3YDmKFpqix7zZ7W6
We look forward to forward momentum in turning this idea into actions that will serve to support this community!
The District 1 CBA Core Leadership Team
Dr. Kevin Harrison
Trent Santer, Esq.
Hear members of the District 1 CBA Core Planning Team discuss why you should get involved with CBA efforts.
Hear community leaders discuss the importance of resident involvement in this local community economic development effort.
Hear members of the District 1 CBA Core Planning Team discuss why COVID-19 should not stop the community's efforts.
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