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Community Development Agreements: New Challenges for Urban Governance

April 7, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The Bedrosian Center funds several grants for USC Price faculty research on governance issues. Preference for the awards is given to research focused on collaborative governance, relationships between governance and planning, and government accountability issues. As a condition of the grant, each principal investigator is asked to give a presentation of his or her findings.

Jovanna Rosen, PhD candidate, and Lisa Schweitzer will join us to discuss their project: 

Talk abstract:

New forms of community development agreements called Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) and Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) have recently emerged in urban governance. These community development agreements represent a new way to manage urban development that supports dialogue between community stakeholders to create consensus for land use and policies. The research explores how these new agreements are being implemented and whether they achieve their stated goals using two CBAs and two PLAs as case studies. Findings from this research can be compared to traditional urban governance procedures to form recommendations for the best design and use of community development agreements.

More about our speakers:

Jovanna RosenJovanna Rosen, Ph.D in Urban Planning and Development at the USC Price School, 2016 (Congrats Dr. Rosen!). Her research focuses on community development, economic development and social justice.

Lisa SchweitzerLisa Schweitzer, Associate Professor, specializes in urban studies, and, in particular, normative theory and empirical analysis of social justice, environment and transport in cities. Her work has appeared in multiple popular and scholarly outlets, and her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. She maintains a blog about urban ethics, her new book project, at


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