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Categories: Equitable Economy

Minnesota's Tomorrow: Equity Is the Superior Growth Model

There will be more people of color in Minnesota’s future, a fact that bodes well for realizing a more robust economy in the state. Minnesota’s Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model, commissioned by the state’s philanthropies, makes clear that realizing the potential of Minnesota’s growing diversity requires adopting an equity strategy that would grow new jobs and businesses while...

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Minnesota's Tomorrow: Equity Is the Superior Growth Model (one-pager)

There will be more people of color in Minnesota’s future, a fact that bodes well for realizing a more robust economy in the state. Minnesota’s Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model, commissioned by the state’s philanthropies, makes clear that realizing the potential of Minnesota’s growing diversity requires adopting an equity strategy that would grow new jobs and businesses while...

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Webinars | 2014

What Works: Best Practices and Lessons Learned from the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color

California's future prosperity depends on the success of its growing majority: communities of color. Boys and men of color make up a significant part of this growing population \u2013 70 percent of Californians under the age of 25 identify as people of color \u2013 yet they face unique barriers to opportunity that result in some of the state\u2019s poorest outcomes. The Alliance for Boys and...

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Categories: Infrastructure
Webinars | 2014

Development without Displacement in Sustainable Communities

This webinar discusses approaches to ensure that neighborhood residents and communities of color can stay in their communities as their neighborhoods improve. Learn about methods for identifying communities at risk of displacement, and strategies and policies to keep people and businesses home as new transit and other improvements come to the community and region.

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Categories: Equitable Economy

An Equity Profile of Southeast Florida Region

Communities of color are driving Southeast Florida’s population growth, and their ability to participate and thrive is central to the region’s economic success. But wide racial gaps in income, health, and opportunity place its future at risk. Creating good jobs, connecting youth and vulnerable workers to training and career pathways, and increasing access to economic opportunities can secure a...

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Categories: Equitable Economy

An Equity Profile of Southeast Florida Region Summary

Communities of color are driving Southeast Florida’s population growth, and their ability to participate and thrive is central to the region’s economic success. But wide racial gaps in income, health, and opportunity place its future at risk. Creating good jobs, connecting youth and vulnerable workers to training and career pathways, and increasing access to economic opportunities can secure a...

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Integrating Family Financial Security into Promise Neighborhoods: A Resource and Implementation Guide

This guide aims to describe the programs, policies, and practices that set families on a path to financial security while achieving prescribed Promise Neighborhoods results. The tool is also intended to connect Promise Neighborhoods to potential partnerships across the asset-building field. Many of the practices lifted up in this guide are designed to mitigate the negative outcomes associated...

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Categories: Equitable Economy
Webinars | IASP | 2014

Strengthening Family Resiliency: The Lane Changer Costs of Financial Disruptions

Income disrupting life events are more common than we think. Divorce, unemployment, poor health, caregiving all have real costs and consequences that can shift life's trajectories, curtail family-member's dreams, and have devastating long lasting effects on a families' financial security and well being. Some families are more vulnerable to financial disruptions than others and not everyone...

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Webinars | 2014

Growing and Funding Equitable Food Hubs: A Strategy for Improving Access to Healthy Food

Food hubs have gained momentum as an innovative retail strategy to expand healthy food access in low income communities by creating direct linkages between food growers and producers to consumers.

This webinar will explore the experiences of three organizations involved in the work of creating equitable food hubs in California, North Carolina, and the Delaware Valley region. Speakers will...

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Categories: Equitable Economy

An Equity Profile of Houston-Galveston

Houston-Galveston is characterized by overall economic strength and resilience, but wide racial gaps in income, health, and opportunity coupled with declining wages, a shrinking middle class, and rising inequality place the region’s economic success and future at risk. Our analysis showed the region already stands to gain a great deal from addressing racial inequities. If racial gaps in income...

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Categories: Equitable Economy
2014

An Equity Profile of the Houston-Galveston Region, Addendum

Houston-Galveston is characterized by overall economic strength and resilience, but wide racial gaps in income, health, and opportunity coupled with declining wages, a shrinking middle class, and rising inequality place the region’s economic success and future at risk. Our analysis showed the region already stands to gain a great deal from addressing racial inequities. If racial gaps in income...

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Categories: Equitable Economy
2014

An Equity Profile of the Houston-Galveston Region (Summary)

Houston-Galveston is characterized by overall economic strength and resilience, but wide racial gaps in income, health, and opportunity coupled with declining wages, a shrinking middle class, and rising inequality place the region’s economic success and future at risk. Our analysis showed the region already stands to gain a great deal from addressing racial inequities. If racial gaps in income...

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2014

Limiting Police Use of Force: Promising Community-Centered Strategies

The first brief explores promising practices to reduce police use of force. We hope these new and updated briefs will be tools for community leaders to use in conversations with local police forces and policymakers that can shape new policies to help communities—including low-income communities and communities of color—become healthier, more vibrant, and safer for all to participate and prosper.

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Achieving Health Equity in Promise Neighborhoods: A Resource and Implementation Guide

This guide articulates how a focus on health equity is critical to the success of the Promise Neighborhoods program. It describes how Promise Neighborhoods have used a disciplined results-based approach to improve community environments to support health and provides communities with best practices and resources they can use to achieve population-level results for children, ensuring they are...

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Fact Sheets | PolicyLink | 2014

Path to Policy: The California Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Delivers for the Nation

On August 4 through 7, nearly 300 young men and women from around California converged on the capital to advocate for policies to improve the life chances of boys and men of color. These determined young people met with nearly 100 lawmakers and state officials.  They rallied on the Capitol steps. They packed a hearing room and overflow space, listening to peers deliver raw, emotional testimony...
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2014

Engaging Communities as Partners: Strategies for Problem Solving

This brief, the second in the Beyond Confrontation Series, lifts up examples from across the country where communities and police have begun demonstrating how to collaborate and build working relationships that increase safety, decrease arrests and police violence, and improve the well-being of community members.

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Categories: Equitable Economy

The Equity Solution: Racial Inclusion Is Key to Growing a Strong New Economy

How much could the economy benefit from racial inclusion? This research brief estimates the economic boost of racial inclusion for the largest 150 regions, all 50 states, and the nation. We found that the national economy stands to grow $2.1 trillion every year from racial equity, and that every region in the country would gain millions per year – from $287 million in Springfield, Missouri...

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Categories: Equitable Economy
Webinars | 2014

Who Benefits from Federal Tax Subsidies?

A national discussion is underway about the causes and effects of income and wealth inequality, including recent attention to the role of the U.S. tax code. The federal tax code contains more than $1 trillion in tax subsidies known to policymakers and economists as “tax expenditures” because they are a form of spending through the tax code. Of these subsidies, more than half a trillion, $540...
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Webinars | 2014

Engaging Community Partners to Support Healthy Food Retail

Over the past several years, healthy food retail has become an effective strategy for improving the economic health and well-being of communities. Community leaders, businesses, nonprofits, and local government are recognizing the key to a successful operation often hinges on community involvement and participation. The integration of community in planning and development is essential to...
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Webinars | 2014

Location, Location, Location The Role Neighborhoods Play in Family Wealth and Well-Being

This webinar, by PolicyLink, IASP, and NFHA discusses how policy can help create a fairer distribution of opportunity by neighborhood.
 
The webinar focused on the recent IASP brief, "Location, Location, Location: The Role Neighborhoods Play in Family Wealth and Well-Being."
 
This brief delineates between high opportunity and low opportunity neighborhoods, explains the disparities in...
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Webinars | 2014

Building the Capacity of Educators and Service Providers to Support Black Male Achievment

This webinar, hosted by the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, lifts up professional development programs being implemented in Promise Neighborhoods to effectively promote the academic achievement of low-income children of color, with a focus on black boys and young men. 
 
The webinar focuses on the work the Northside Achievement Zone has done in partnership with the Innocence...
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Webinars | 2014

Financing Basics: Working with Community Development Financial Institutions

CDFIs are mission-driven organizations that work in economically distressed communities underserved by conventional financial institutions and capital markets. CDFIs have taken the lead across the country providing financing for healthy food retail and food system development. This webinar will introduce the audience to CDFIs and feature different financial products that CDFIs can use to...

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Webinars | 2014

Voices For Healthy Kids Initiative Healthy Food Access, Healthy Communities

Advocacy efforts to improve access to healthy food at the local, state, and federal level have led to the creation of financing programs to support healthy food retail in underserved communities nationwide.
 
One key effort, Voices for Healthy Kids Initiative, led by the American Heart Association and The Food Trust, is advocating for state-wide policies to promote healthy food financing and...
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Getting Equity Advocacy Results: Tools for Navigating Change

Equity advocates know the power of policy. Policy determines the rules by which opportunities are framed and delivered — what is allowed, encouraged, discouraged, and prohibited. Advocacy — the art of influence and persuasion — is essential for fostering the creation, adoption, and implementation of promising policy solutions that catalyze social change.

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A Developmental Pathway for Achieving Promise Neighborhoods Results

This important tool was developed to help Promise Neighborhood communities and the field at large better understand the external conditions and developmental milestones that are needed to build the cradle to career continuum and to achieve the goals/outcomes set forth in Promise Neighborhoods. The tool illustrates the developmental pathways necessary to achieve the Promise Neighborhoods vision.

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Categories: Equitable Economy
2014

Building an Equitable Tax Code: A Primer for Advocates

In recent years a national discussion has been underway about the causes and effects of growing inequality, but one cause that has received little attention is the role of the U.S. tax code. The individual tax code contains more than $1 trillion in tax subsidies known to policymakers and economists as tax expenditures because, like spending programs, they provide financial assistance to...

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Categories: Equitable Economy
2014

Equitable Growth Profile of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Region (Summary)

Omaha-Council Bluffs has a relatively strong and resilient regional economy, with overall low unemployment and steady job growth. At the same time, wages have stagnated for most workers and many communities of color face barriers to accessing good jobs, living wages, and the education needed for the jobs of the future. Increasing connections to good jobs, raising the floor for low-wage work,...

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Categories: Equitable Economy

Equitable Growth Profile of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Region

Omaha-Council Bluffs has a relatively strong and resilient regional economy, with overall low unemployment and steady job growth. At the same time, wages have stagnated for most workers and many communities of color face barriers to accessing good jobs, living wages, and the education needed for the jobs of the future. Increasing connections to good jobs, raising the floor for low-wage work,...

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Categories: Equitable Economy
2014

Equitable Growth Profile of the Piedmont Triad Region (Summary)

The Piedmont Triad region in North Carolina—covering 12 counties and home to the cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point—is a growing region whose demographics are rapidly changing. Communities of color are driving growth, and have increased from 20 to 33 percent of the population since 1980. Ensuring its diverse residents can participate in the regional economy and contribute to...

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Categories: Equitable Economy

Equitable Growth Profile of the Piedmont Triad Region

The Piedmont Triad region in North Carolina—covering 12 counties and home to the cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point—is a growing region whose demographics are rapidly changing. Communities of color are driving growth, and have increased from 20 to 33 percent of the population since 1980. Ensuring its diverse residents can participate in the regional economy and contribute to...

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Health Equity: Moving Beyond "Health Disparities"

A health equity movement is underway, in which broad sectors are working together to create solutions to the complex problem of health inequities. This paper lifts up solutions that are grounded in strengthening communities, engaging non-health sectors, lifting up promising practices, advancing progressive policy options, and identifying research gaps that can make the case for prioritizing...
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Categories: Infrastructure

Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments

In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, HUD, DOT, and EPA released their five year annual report. This report shows how the three agencies are changing their policies and removing barriers to help communities provide more housing choices, make transportation systems more efficient and reliable, and create vibrant neighborhoods while protecting...

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Accelerating Results for Black Males: A Resource Guide

Part I is designed to help Promise Neighborhoods systematically identify and address barriers to improve the outcomes of black male children in their communities. It offers step-by-step instructions for assessing their needs and recommends a results-based framework for using this information to make a positive impact in their lives, from cradle to college to career. In doing so, this document...

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Insecure Communities: Latino Perceptions of Police Involvement in Immigration Enforcement

This report presents findings from a survey of Latinos regarding their perceptions of law enforcement authorities in light of the greater involvement of police in immigration enforcement. Lake Research Partners designed and administered a randomized telephone survey of 2,004 Latinos living in the counties of Cook (Chicago), Harris (Houston), Los Angeles, and Maricopa (Phoenix). 

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Categories: Equitable Economy

Policy Agenda to Build an Equitable Economy

As America continues to become more diverse, the nation's ability to achieve sustained growth and prosperity hinges on how quickly we can erase lingering racial and class divides and fully apply everyone's talents and creativity to building the next economy. Equity, inclusion, and fairness are no longer only moral imperatives, they are economic ones. This document describes our urgent need for...

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All-In Nation: An America That Works for All

Published by PolicyLink and the Center for American Progress, All-In Nation: An America That Works for All describes how strong communities of color are critical to America’s economic future and lays out a comprehensive policy agenda to build an equitable economy where everyone, including fast-growing communities of color, can participate and thrive.

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