Background

Equity is the key to America's economic prosperity — now and in the future. PolicyLink is working to create an equitable economy by building a shared narrative about the economic imperative of equity, providing leaders with relevant data and analysis, and advancing policy solutions and new models of inclusive prosperity.

A New Narrative and Policy Agenda

America's Tomorrow: Equity Is the Superior Growth Model, produced in partnership with the USC Partnership for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE), describes how as America quickly becomes a majority people-of-color nation, our economic fate hinges on ensuring that communities of color can participate and contribute as workers, entrepreneurs, innovators, consumers, and leaders. The book All-In Nation: An America that Works for All, with the Center for American Progress, and Equity and the Future of the American Economy: A Policy Agenda to Build an Equitable Economy with the Service Employees International Union, expand upon this framework. For a short introduction, see this pamphlet, Equity Is the Superior Growth Model for an All-In Nation.

Data to Build an Equitable Economy

In October 2014, PolicyLink and PERE released the National Equity Atlas, a first-of-its-kind web resource for the data and tools community leaders and policymakers need to track, measure, and advance the policies to achieve inclusive growth in America's regions, states, and nationwide. The Atlas was expanded to share data for the 100 largest cities in October 2015. We have worked with diverse partners in more than two dozen communities to develop tailored equity profiles examining the state of equity locally and identifying strategies to strengthen their communities through a focus on racial and economic equity.

Local Partnerships for Policy Change

We support local leaders who are working to develop plans and strategies to foster equitable growth. Our latest endeavor is All-In Cities, an initiative to empower city officials, community advocates, and other civic leaders with the policy ideas, data, and hands-on assistance they need to advance racial economic inclusion and equitable growth.