Economic Development and Redevelopment

Economic Development and Redevelopment

A toolkit to help improve access to healthy foods

This toolkit is designed for nutrition and other public health advocates who need additional resources, beyond zoning and general plan revisions, to improve the food access in low-income neighborhoods.

It provides a fundamental, introductory understanding of the economic development and redevelopment tools available, their use, and how to effectively participate in decisions about their use.

The guide was produced in partnership with the California Department of Health Services through the California Nutrition Network for Healthy, Active Families.

Note: The toolkit, which is available as a full PDF download below, is 162 pages in length, including the appendices and resource guide.

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Title page and Table of Contents

Section I: Introduction to Economic Development, Redevelopment, and Health

1. Introduction to this Toolkit
2. The Connection Between Economic Development and Health

3. Why Do So Many Communities Lack Access to Healthy Food?
4. Developing a Strategy

Section II: Economic Development

5. What is Community Economic Development?
6. Types of Community Economic Development Programs
7. Economic Development Institutions
8. Financing Sources

Section III: Redevelopment

9. Overview of Redevelopment Law
10. Legal Requirements for Redevelopment
11. Introduction to Tax Increment Financing
12. Introduction to Eminent Domain
13. Support for Economic Development Projects
14. Final Points

Section IV: Strategies for Participation

15. Building Community Support
16. Data Collection
17. Model Redevelopment Resolution
18. Communicating with Public Officials

Section V: Appendices

Appendix 1: Sample Market Research Consultant Request for Proposals
Appendix 2: Redevelopment Agency Model Resolution
Appendix 3: Resources