Municipal Enterprise

International City/County Management Association

The International City/County Management Association is a professional and educational organization that represents local government administrators throughout the U.S. and the world. Membership services include policy research and analysis, networking, workshops and symposiums, as well as online research services. Read more about International City/County Management Association...

Government Finance Officers Association

The Government Finance Officers Association is a trade association of government finance officers in Canada and the United States. The association has published articles both in favor and against city ownership of hotels in its trade publication, Government Finance Review. Read more about Government Finance Officers Association...

Council of State Community Development Agencies

COSCDA represents the interest of state community development agencies with special focus on issues concerning affordable housing, local economic development and state-local relations. Read more about Council of State Community Development Agencies...

Council of Development Finance Agencies

The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) is a national association comprised of the leading members of the development finance community representing more than 165 public, quasi-public and private companies involved in municipal and development finance throughout the United States. The Council was formed in 1982 with the mission to strengthen the efforts of state and local development finance agencies fostering job creation and economic growth through the use of tax-exempt and other public-private partnership finance programs and vehicles. Read more about Council of Development Finance Agencies...

American Public Power Association

The American Public Power Association is the trade association for publicly owned electric utilities. APPA serves to help keep publicly owned utilities competitive in today's market through a variety publications, networking, and information services. Read more about American Public Power Association...

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...