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These case stories show examples of establishing healthy neighborhoods by way of economic development and revitalization. Each story includes lessons learned, links to additional resources and can serve as examples other agencies may consider and adapt to meet their communities’ unique circumstances.

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Courtesy City of Hughson

The Little City of Hughson Makes a Big Statement in the Central Valley

The City of Hughson is taking dramatic steps to secure a future of sustainable economic prosperity by building upon the key component of its local economy – agriculture.  Read the case story for more.

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L-R Karen Ramirez, Gareth Howell, Greg Jones, Linda Nguyen, Donnico Carter

Operation Mulch-a-Lot: Long Beach Chips Away at Blight and Green Waste

Vacant and abandoned lots in a community can attract crime, create health hazards or lead to depressed property values. City-owned lots are one area where local government can directly reduce neighborhood blight at a minimal cost. The City of Long Beach has a fairly simple, creative and easily replicated use for vacant city lots that also offers added benefits for sustainability, job training, community collaboration and access to healthy foods.

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Partnering to Create a New Richmond

The City of Richmond was once known as one of the unhealthiest, crime-ridden cities in the Bay Area. But after establishing key partnerships and adopting an innovative general plan, the city has landed an important economic development opportunity that could signal its shift to becoming one of the most desirable business locations in the region.

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