Public Works has devised next generation regulatory and compliance strategies for a wide range of areas, including environmental, labor, and housing standards. These approaches help governments target enforcement resources on the worst offenders while encouraging compliance among the rest through cooperative means. Our strategies include incentives for going beyond minimal compliance, education and outreach, labor-management cooperation, and other creative solutions.
Here is some of what we've done ...
Seattle Regulatory Process Reform
The City of Seattle asked Public Works to provide supporting research and analysis to identify
the regulatory issues and constraints that most directly affect the growth and economic
development of the City’s industrial and manufacturing sectors. Our team compiled and
submitted a preliminary survey of state and local laws, policies, and regulations that affect
shoreline industrial development and operations to inform and provide context for the
qualitative research to follow. We also conducted a series of eleven interviews with
representatives of various affected industries identified by the Seattle Office of Economic
Development. These interviews provide the basis for a qualitative discussion of the broad
regulatory environment faced by industrial firms, specifically, those issues identified by the respondents as presenting the greatest challenges to the development and growth of the Seattle area’s manufacturing and maritime sectors. Read the full report here: Seattle Report Final
California Labor Standards for the 21st Century
In Public Works’ report to the California Department of Industrial Relations, we recommend
steps that the department should take to increase the force, and enforcement, of
government sanctions. Additionally, we propose a new labor standards structure that will
expand the government’s focus on compliance with, rather than enforcement of, labor
Read the full report here: CA Beyond Enforcement Labor Standards for 21st Century.
Preserving Rental Properties in Auburn, Washington
The City of Auburn asked Public Works to identify strategic solutions for practical,
innovative and creative approaches to addressing the physical decline of its
low-income neighborhoods. Specifically, the City tasked Public Works with finding
solutions that had limited to no bureaucratic or financial requirements but that
relied instead on on social capital, community engagement, voluntarism, sweat
equity and public/private partnerships.
Read the full report here: Preserving Rental Housing in Auburn.