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  • America's Tomorrow Newsletter

    September 20, 2017

    Why Affordable Housing Is Good Economic Policy


    See current issue and archives of America's Tomorrow newsletter here.

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  • All-In Cities

    All-In Cities is a new PolicyLink 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. 

    Read the framing paper and sign up for email updates about the initiative at www.allincities.org

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  • National Equity Atlas

    The National Equity Atlas is a first-of-its-kind data and policy tool for community leaders and policymakers working to build an equitable economy. The Atlas provides in-depth data, charts, and maps on demographic change, racial inclusion, and the economic benefits of equity for the largest 150 regions, largest 100 cities, all 50 states, and the United States. It also includes examples of how communities are using equity data to drive policy change, groundbreaking analyses like the our new brief about the GDP gains from racial inclusion, and much more.

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  • 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 research brief examines the growth of the racial generation gap and its effect on per-child k-12 education spending. We find that every percentage-point increase in the racial generation gap is associated with a decrease in state and local per-child education spending of around 1.5 percent. This adds up in places that have seen a lot of demographic change. For example, Nevada’s spending could be about $2,600 more per student if there was no racial generation gap. Given this relationship, it is critical to ensure equitable school funding, direct investments in youth, and build multi-generational coalitions for change. Download the BRIEF or DATA.

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  • Jobs and Equity in the Urban Forest

    A recent study, Jobs and Equity in the Urban Forest, showcases the small, but growing range of policies, programs, and investments that — like GreenSkills — are harnessing jobs in the urban forest to build opportunity within low-income communities and communities of color. The study is co-authored by Ecotrust, a Portland, Oregon, nonprofit that promotes environmentally sound economic development, and PolicyLink, in partnership with Portland green infrastructure contractor, Verde Landscape.

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  • 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 live in a small number of neighborhoods. In these places, neighborhood-targeted workforce development and job access strategies have the potential to increase racial equity and reduce disparities at the regional level, building stronger and more inclusive regional economies.

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  • Equitable Innovation Economy

    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.

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  • New Issue Brief Series Highlights the Equity Imperative — and Solutions

    Each short brief describes key challenges and strategies to advance equity within the issue area, provides relevant data points and research findings on the economic benefits of equity, and shares an inspiring example of a win-win solution for equity and the economy already being implemented.

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