Equitable Innovation Economies Initiative

Cities across the U.S. are increasingly focusing their economic development efforts on innovation to spur economic growth. Investments in these assets – from advanced manufacturing technologies to tech firms to makerspaces – may grow businesses and create new jobs, but can also exacerbate inequities in cities already facing widening economic and racial disparities. 
 
The Equitable Innovation Economies Initiative (EIE) is a multi-year project launched by the Pratt Center for Community Development in collaboration with PolicyLink and the Urban Manufacturing Alliance to help cities pursue more inclusive growth strategies in innovation and manufacturing.  The EIE Initiative just released its flagship report, Prototyping Equity: Local Strategies for a More Inclusive Economy.
 
Since 2014, a visionary group of leaders from New York, NY, Indianapolis, IN, Portland, OR and San Jose, CA have been piloting new approaches to advancing equity in innovation and manufacturing through the EIE initiative. Prototyping Equity documents this work, including the tools guiding this pilot effort, candid perspectives from each city, and broader insights for the field.
 
Also, see the EIE city snapshots below. These snapshots provide an in-depth overview of how each city prioritized equity objectives across select program strategies – from industrial redevelopment to entrepreneur support to youth-focused workforce development – and how they shaped their program strategies to meet these goals.

Other PolicyLink Equitable Economy Resources

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New Issue Brief Series Highlights the Equity Imperative—and Solutions

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 benefits of equity; and share an inspiring example of a win-win solution for equity and the economy already being implemented.

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A comprehensive data resource to track, measure, and make the case for inclusive growth

The National Equity Atlas was developed as a tool for the growing movement to create a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient economy. It is a comprehensive resource for data to track, measure, and make the case for inclusive growth in America’s regions, and states, and nationwide. The Atlas contains data on demographic change, racial and economic inclusion, and the potential economic gains from racial equity for the largest 100 cities, largest 150 regions, all 50 states, and the United States as a whole.

Equity is the Superior Growth Model newsletter

Highlights campaigns, leaders, policies, reports, and local models that are advancing equity as an economic imperative. Find the most recent newsletter, as well as archives from 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Policy Agenda; Strategies & Local Engagements; Publications

To build an equitable economy, policymakers and advocates need to set up a policy framework that promotes equitable growth: growing new good jobs while ensuring that all—including low-income people and people of color—can fully participate in generating that growth and fully share in its benefits.