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Categories: Equitable Economy

Race, Place, and Jobs: Reducing Employment Inequality in America's Metros

The latest brief from the National Equity Atlas team, Race, Place, and Jobs: Reducing Employment Inequality in America’s Metros, analyzes the relationship between racial and spatial inequality in employment across America’s largest 150 metropolitan regions. We find that in several regions with large racial gaps in employment such as Youngstown and Milwaukee, unemployed workers of color tend to...

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PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

An Equity Profile of Detroit City

After decades of job and population loss, the City of Detroit has shown recent signs of growth. However, this Detroit Renaissance is not enjoyed equally by all residents; deep racial disparities, declining wages, and a hollowing out of middle-wage, high-opportunity jobs threaten the city’s rebound and economic viability. Equitable development strategies will be essential if growth is to have...

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PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

An Equity Profile of Jackson

Since 1990, Jackson, Mississippi has experienced notable demographic growth and transformation — driven mostly by an increase in the Black and Latino populations. Today, these demographic shifts persist. By growing good jobs, connecting younger generations with older ones, integrating immigrants into the economy, Jackson can put all residents on the path towards reaching their full potential,...

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PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

An Equity Profile of Biloxi

Biloxi, Mississippi is becoming increasingly diverse despite experiencing population decline. The city’s diversity can be a tremendous economic asset if people of color are fully included as workers, entrepreneurs, and innovators. By advancing policy strategies to grow good jobs, build healthy communities of opportunity, prevent displacement, and ensure just policing and court systems, Biloxi...

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2017

When Renters Rise, Cities Thrive: National and City Fact Sheets

Renters now represent the majority in the nation’s 100 largest cities, and contribute billions to local economies. Yet renters face a toxic mix of rising rents and stagnant wages, both of which add up to an unprecedented affordability crisis that stymies their ability to contribute to the broader economy and thrive. This analysis, produced in support of the Renter Week of Action occurring...

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PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

Bridging the Racial Generation Gap Is Key to America's Economic Future

In 2015, 78 percent of America’s seniors were white while 49 percent of the nation’s youth were people of color — a phenomenon that we call the racial generation gap. To the extent that racial divides result in predominantly white seniors choosing not to invest in a more racially diverse young population, this could hamstring the development of the next generation of workers and leaders. This...

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Ending the Debt Trap: Strategies to Stop the Abuse of Court-Imposed Fines and Fees

A new brief from PolicyLink, looks at ways in which the use of fines and fees has expanded over time, the impact of these practices, and the inefficiency of these policies as a budget tool for local governments. The brief lifts up promising strategies that are currently being implemented across the country to ensure that judicial fines and fees do not contribute to burdensome debt for...

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PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

Empowering Black Long Island: How Equity Is Key to the Future of Nassau and Suffolk Counties

Long Island – defined as Nassau and Suffolk counties – is rapidly diversifying. Today, one in three Long Island residents is a person of color – up from roughly one in 10 residents in 1980. Black Long Islanders, who were largely excluded from the massive federally subsidized suburban development that characterizes Long Island, continue to face barriers to full social, economic, and political...

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PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

An Equity Profile of Long Island

Long Island – defined as Nassau and Suffolk counties – is rapidly diversifying. Today, one in three Long Island residents is a person of color – up from roughly one in 10 residents in 1980. Black Long Islanders, who were largely excluded from the massive federally subsidized suburban development that characterizes Long Island, continue to face barriers to full social, economic, and political...

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PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

An Equity Profile of the Los Angeles Region

The 2017 Equity Profile of the Los Angeles Region, highlights the widening inequities in income, wealth, health and opportunity in Los Angeles County. This summary and full report was developed by PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC, and is supported by the Weingart Foundation.

The new report underscores that, over the past several decades,...
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PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

Fresno County at a Crossroads: Equity Is the Path to Health and Prosperity

Fresno is the nation’s top agricultural county, yet it struggles with slow growth, high unemployment, and an economy dominated by low-wage jobs and few pathways into the middle class. While communities of color account for 68 percent of the population — up from 38 percent in 1980 — the county’s racial inequities persist across all indicators of community health and well-being. This health...

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PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

Advancing Health Equity and Inclusive Growth in Fresno County (Profile)

Fresno is the nation’s top agricultural county, yet it struggles with slow growth, high unemployment, and an economy dominated by low-wage jobs and few pathways into the middle class. While communities of color account for 68 percent of the population — up from 38 percent in 1980 — the county’s racial inequities persist across all indicators of community health and well-being. This health...

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PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

An Equity Profile of New Orleans

New Orleans’ incredible diversity can be a tremendous economic asset if people of color are fully included as workers, entrepreneurs, and innovators. However, while the city’s economy is showing signs of resurgence after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, rising inequality, stagnant wages, and persistent racial inequities place its long-term economic future at risk. This equity profile was...

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PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

An Equity Profile of Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is an increasingly diverse city. While it has experienced some overall population loss over the last decade, communities of color have significantly grown – and their ability to participate and thrive is central to the city’s success. This profile shows how equitable growth is the path to sustained economic prosperity in the region. It was developed with the support of the W.K....

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PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

Advancing Health Equity and Inclusive Growth in Buffalo

With millions in public and private investments on the horizon, Buffalo, New York, is poised for resurgence. But if new investments do not address persistent racial and economic inequities, the city’s long-term economic future is at risk. This health equity and inclusive growth profile offers leaders data and strategies to undergird policy solutions to advance health equity, inclusive growth,...

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PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

Health Equity: The Path to Inclusive Prosperity in Buffalo

With millions in public and private investments on the horizon, Buffalo, New York, is poised for resurgence. But if new investments do not address persistent racial and economic inequities, the city’s long-term economic future is at risk. This health equity and inclusive growth profile offers leaders data and strategies to undergird policy solutions to advance health equity, inclusive growth,...

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LGBTQ Inclusion: Good for Families, Communities, and the Economy

This issue brief describes the importance of ensuring the economic inclusion of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) people.

It is one of thirteen briefs -- produced with the the Marguerite Casey Foundation -- that describe key challenges and strategies to advance equity within the issue area; provide relevant data points and research findings on the economic...

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Webinars | 2016

Introducing the National Equity Atlas Data and Policy Tool

The National Equity Atlas is a powerful online data and policy tool that helps local advocates track, measure, and make the case for equitable growth. This webinar is designed for organizations that are working to advance racial and economic equity across many policy domains.

The webinar, sponsored by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, featured a live demonstration of the Atlas, which provides 31...

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Categories: Equitable Economy
Webinars | 2016

Data Tools for Policy Change Paid Family Leave Policies to Advance Health Equity

Leaders at every level recognize that workers should be able to take time from their jobs to care for their own health or family health issues. But policymakers and practitioners need tools to make their case to colleagues and the public, and to ensure access to paid leave for all working families, especially those who need it most. New family and medical leave indicators from...

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Categories: Equitable Economy
Webinars | 2016

Equitable Arts-Based Community Development

The role of arts and culture is becoming increasingly essential to economic development. According to the National Endowment for the Arts, in 2012, the production of arts and cultural goods generated more than $698 billion to the U.S. economy. However, with changing demographics along with issues of gentrification and displacement, a pressing question is emerging-- how can arts-and-culture...

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