Municipal Enterprise

Seattle: City Office of Housing

Since 1981, as a result of voters passing ballot measures to create affordable housing, Seattle has now funded over 10,000 affordable apartments, provided down-payment loans to more than 600 first-time homebuyers and rental assistance to more than 4,000 households. Additionally, in early 2008, former Mayor Nickel launched the Foreclosure Prevention Program, which provides stabilization loans of up to $5,000, initially assisting at least 40 low-income homeowners with funds revolving over time to assist more homeowners at risk of foreclosure. Read more about Seattle: City Office of Housing...

Seattle Chinatown/International District Preservation and Development

Founded in 1975 as a City-chartered community development agency, the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDPDA) works to preserve and develop the Seattle Chinatown International District community. In addition to numerous community programs, SCIDPDA owns and/or manages nine neighborhood properties - more than 400 affordable housing units - and over 200,000 square feet of commercial space in the Chinatown International District, providing affordable retail space to many of the community's non-profit organizations and small businesses. Read more about Seattle Chinatown/International District Preservation and Development ...

Port of Seattle

The Port of Seattle operates a cruise port and container facilities, also operates Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) airport. In 2003, operating revenues were $321 million. It also leases commercial space, including business conference facilities. Read more about Port of Seattle...

Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2 Partners)

Set up by the Community Foundation of Silicon Valley, SV2 Partners distributes grants from its pooled fund using the principles of strategic philanthropy to invest some of the wealth that is being created in Silicon Valley back into the community. Read more about Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2 Partners)...

Skoll Foundation

In addition to its international grant-making, the Skoll Foundation also disburses over a million a year in grant dollars to support projects in Silicon Valley, where it is based. Additionally, Skoll makes program-related investments in some of its grantees. For instance, in 2005, Skoll made a $1 million, 5-year 1% interest PRI loan to enable Lenders for Community Development to further expand its micro-enterprise, affordable housing, and community facility loan programs. Read more about Skoll Foundation...

Valley Transportation Agency

Santa Clara County's Valley Transportation Agency operates many bus routes and a 3-line, 30.5 mile light rail system, which operates 24 hours a day. The transit system has heavily promoted transit-oriented development, seeking to increase ridership by designing higher-density housing and community services to be located near transit stops. Key projects include the Tamien Child Care Center (which allows commuters to drop off their children at childcare on the way to work), Almaden Lake Village Housing and the Ohlone-Chynoweth Mixed-Use Project.

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San Jose Water

San Jose Water is owned and operated by the City of San Jose and is entirely self-supporting. It was created in 1961 when the City purchased the Evergreen Water Company to ensure that the rapidly growing Evergreen community would have a reliable source of water. Today, the company serves about 100,000 people in four city neighborhoods: North San Jose/Alviso, Evergreen, Edenvale and Coyote.

Philadelphia Gas Works

Providing gas service to more than half a million customers, Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW), established in 1836, is the largest municipally owned gas utility in the United States.  To assist low-income residents, PGW provides discounts to seniors and low-income people through programs that benefited nearly 67,000 households in 2016.  Also committed to sustainability, PGW launched EnergySense in 2011, an initiative credited with completing over 18,300 projects over its first 5 years that have enabled customers to save gas and money.  To help prepare local residents for PGW jobs, the utility has provided internships to over 200 college and 110 high school students.

East Bay Municipal Utility District

The publicly owned EBMUD provides water services to over a million customers in the East Bay. EBMUD has converted a full 90 percent of its service cars were hybrid vehicles as part of the agency's efforts to engage in environmentally responsible business practices. Read more about East Bay Municipal Utility District...

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market, established in 1907, provides rental space for 220 small business, 250 artisans, 80 farmers, and 350 residents—half of whom are low income seniors. In 2014, the overall vacancy rate was less than 2% and revenues reached $16.9 million. The Market is owned and managed by the Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority (PDA), a not-for-profit, public corporation chartered by the City of Seattle in 1973. Read more about Pike Place Market...

Opinet

Optinet has been a leader among public utilities in the deployment of fiber-to-the-home technology for broadband transmission. Through its fiber network, the utility provides customers with local phone service, long distance telephone, cable TV, high speed Internet service, and advanced business voice and data transmission services. Read more about Opinet...

Glasgow Electric Power Board

The Glasgow Electric Plant Board governs the municipally owned power company in Glasgow, Kentucky. The service division provides consulting services and viability studies to those communities interested in starting a municipally owned utility, the acquisition of a privately operated facility, or the diversification of existing services. Read more about Glasgow Electric Power Board...

Coquille Economic Development Corporation

CEDCO acts as the parent corporation for all Coquille Tribal businesses, which range from hospitality and gaming to health care, agriculture (Coquille Cranberries may be the world's largest producer of organic cranberries) and a broadband telecommunications company dedicated to providing rural communities with high-speed Internet connectivity. Additionally, CEDCO acts as a business incubator for developing Tribal businesses. Read more about Coquille Economic Development Corporation...

Cleveland Public Power

Founded in 1906, Cleveland Public Power is Ohio's largest public power company and the 35th largest in the nation. In the 1970s, the city was almost forced to sell the company. In 1977, then Mayoral candidate (now Congressman) Dennis Kucinich (D) ran on a platform to stop the sale. Two years later, city residents voted 2-to-1 against privatizing their municipal power system. In 1986 then-Mayor (now U.S. Senator) George Voinovich (R) introduced legislation to enable the utility to expand its service system. Read more about Cleveland Public Power...

Cedar Falls Utilities

Cedar Falls Utilities has been a leader among municipal utilities in the development of broadband, recently completing its first fiber-to-the-premise installation in 2006. It provides high-speed Internet service to its customers for $40 a month, maintains lower prices than surrounding utilities, and generated $1.4 million for Cedar Falls' general fund in 2006. By the end of 2003, the number of high-speed Internet customers had reached 75% of the number of basic cable subscribers, enabling the utility to begin to retire debt taken on for the project ahead of schedule. Read more about Cedar Falls Utilities...

Cape Light Compact

An inter-governmental organization consisting of the 21 towns and two counties on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard, the Cape Light Compact strives to serve its 200,000 customers through the delivery of energy efficiency programs, consumer advocacy, electricity supply, and green power options. As part of its focus on consumer advocacy, the Compact provides discounted rates and expanded consumer protection and assistance for eligible low-income residents. Read more about Cape Light Compact...

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey was formed in 1921 as the first bi-state agency in the nation, in order to develop important transportation links between the two states. With jurisdiction over the Port District - a region within a radius of approximately 25 miles of the Statue of Liberty - the Port Authority is responsible for developing: the George Washington Bridge; the Outerbridge Crossing; the Goethals and the Bayonne bridges; the Lincoln Tunnel; upgrading and managing the Newark, LaGuardia, and John F. Read more about Port Authority of New York & New Jersey...

Memphis Unified Development Code

Emphasizing smart growth principles, New Urbanist sensibilities and public engagement, the new UDC replaces assessing what a building is used for with form-based codes. It also replaced a corrupt, politicized process with one where politicians set policy by adopting a map of zoning districts for the entire county. Read more about Memphis Unified Development Code...

Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angles, the largest container port in the United States and the fourth largest cruise passenger facility, is credited with supporting 1.1 million jobs in California and generating $5.1 billion in state tax revenues.  In FY 2013, total operating revenues were $397.4 million. The Port is also a major real estate developer. In 2014, it completed the $32 million project, Downtown Harbor.  Previously a parking lot, the space now features a new harbor inlet for recreational vessels surrounded by a public plaza and pedestrian promenade. Read more about Port of Los Angeles...