The Partnership is bringing light to the waste and recycling industry’s potential to be a powerful channel for good jobs and green development. At the annual Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) conference the week of December 10, we organized a workshop to share strategies our network has developed to transform the industry in a way that builds strong local economies. Panelists included Christie Hill from San Diego’s Center on Policy Initiatives, Jahmese Myers from Oakland’s East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, and Sebrina Owens-Wilson with the Partnership for Working Families. The EARN conference brings together a network of state and regional multi-issue research, policy, and advocacy organizations that work to improve the lives of Americans through state and local policy, and change the nature of the national policy debate. Each year we contribute our unique focus on local policy work and worker and community organizing to illustrate how local power can affect real change and influence entire industries.