Advocacy

The South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development provides members a platform for collaborative advocacy. We support institutional and system changes that will positively impact low wealth communities and the non-profits that serve them. Learn more about our 2018 Public Policy Agenda below.


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2019 Public Policy Agenda

 
  1. Pass new Community Development Tax Credit legislation.

    Action Steps

    • Host site visits in partnership with certified organizations across South Carolina for legislators to see community development projects that benefited from the CD Tax Credit.

    • Mobilize SCACED members and partners to advocate to legislators for passage of CD Tax Credit legislation.

    • Host legislative luncheon on February 6, 2019.

  2. Opportunity Zones

    Opportunity Zones are a new community development program established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. To ensure Opportunity Zones have a positive impact on low income communities, SCACED will educate and advocate to potential investors and opportunity fund managers about the appropriate projects (projects developed by SCACED members) in which to invest. These efforts aim to minimize any potential long-term adverse consequences Opportunity Zones may have on low-income census tracts.

    Action Steps

    • SCACED, in collaboration with the SC Community Capital Alliance, has developed and promoted Guiding Principles to the public and the investor community.

    • SCACED is working with The Federal Reserve of Richmond to develop a two-part training on Opportunity Zones.

  3. SC Housing (SC Housing Development Finance and Development Authority)

    SCACED recognizes the importance of affordable housing in South Carolina and values SC Housing as the key agency for resources and programs. As a collective voice, SCACED is advocating on behalf of our nonprofit members to strengthen the relationship between nonprofits and SC Housing. SC Housing has recently experienced a leadership change and SCACED has started open communications with the new Executive Director.

    Action Steps

    • Compile information from SCACED members on SC Housing delivery and accessibility of programs. The report will highlight not only barriers, but solutions to a more improved relationship with SC Housing in their programs.

    • Host "Meet and Greet'" breakfast for members to meet Executive Director and Leadership Team.