Become a Common Good City

What is a Common Good Municipality?

A city can become a Common Good Municipality after the city council votes to support the Economy for the Common Good process and after at least one of the following five conditions have been met. One of the Common Good national associations will assist the city in preparing the initiative for a city council vote.

1. Creating a Common Good Balance Sheet

Cities can create CG Balance Sheets in their internal administrative units or in city-owned businesses. Later Common Good Cities should receive benefits in federal funding.

2. Encourage local business to create Common Good Balance Sheets

A city can invite local business to create a Common Good Balance Sheet and then promote such businesses. This can include annual awards for such businesses or, even better, giving these companies preferential treatment in rewarding contracts or in purchasing commodities. Cities can give financial aid to companies partaking in a CG Balance.

3. “Municipal Common Good Index”

Municipalities can promote the creation of a “Municipal Common Good Index”, a quality of life index. The index contains 20 of the most important quality of life indicators which are to be formulated by city residents in a referendum. Annual polls could be taken using these 20 indicators as is done in the country of Bhutan with their Gross National Happiness index.

4. Local Economy Convention

Cities can help prepare and carry out local economy conventions.

5. Join a Common Good Region

The four cities of Mals, Laas, Latsch and Schlanders in South Tyrol, Italy as well as Miranda de Azán near Salamanca, Spain have decided to become Common Good cities. The Austrian state of Salzburg is currently reviewing an expert report on becoming a CG Region. The Austrian city of Weiz, the German cities of Haag, Pffafenhofen/Ilm, Hamm, Mannheim and the Swiss city of Dornach are all currently studying the possibility of becoming Common Good Cities.


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