practice areas

Community Economic Development

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The Law Office of Julian Gross advises public entities, nonprofit advocates, and labor unions on their community benefits initiatives. Julian has more than fifteen years’ experience in developing innovative strategies to deliver economic benefits to low-income communities, and to build collaborations between the many stakeholders it takes to make economic development work in complex urban settings.

Julian has represented clients on over a dozen legally-binding Community Benefits Agreements, and over twenty efforts to establish strong, workable Local Hiring Policies, including heavy construction jobs, permanent jobs, and green jobs sectors. Other community benefits issues related to economic development and public spending include living wages, project labor agreements, affordable housing, environmental benefits and mitigations, economic development subsidies, and public involvement in land use planning processes.