USCM Best Practice Report In March 2003, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the President of the Conference, invited mayors to submit information on individual efforts they felt had contributed, or were continuing to contribute, to the economic self-sufficiency of working families in their cities. Among the kinds of "best practices" sought were those which:
Improve job access and quality employment for residents of under-employed neighborhoods;
Reward and reinforce the work effort of welfare-to-work and other low-income working families;
Increase the savings, assets, financial sophistication and ultimately the wealth of low-income families;
Strengthen the community services and institutions that are most critical to working families.
This document contains descriptions of 39 successful initiatives completed or underway in 27 cities.