“Winning the win” with Community Benefits Agreements! How can we set Appalachia up for success?

Here at ReImagine Appalachia, we know that widespread community input on sustainable development projects leads to widespread buy-in, which can reduce bureaucratic obstacles and increase positive impact of public investment down the road. Community Benefits Agreements (also known as CBAs or Community Benefit Plans) are legal agreements to get everyone –  labor organizations, racial justice groups, environmental entities, faith communities and other local stakeholders – to work together and sign off to ensure the benefits of government dollars are optimized in our communities.