Promoting Economic Inclusion in Atlanta With Business and Civic Leaders

Posted January 10, 2017
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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The Part­ner­ship for South­ern Equi­ty (PSE), with sup­port from Casey, recent­ly launched the JUST Oppor­tu­ni­ty Cir­cle, a pub­lic-pri­vate col­lab­o­ra­tive work­ing to pro­mote greater eco­nom­ic inclu­sion in Atlanta.

The col­lab­o­ra­tive aims to help busi­ness and civic lead­ers under­stand the eco­nom­ic poten­tial and untapped assets that exist in low-income com­mu­ni­ties and com­mu­ni­ties of color.

Guid­ing the JUST Oppor­tu­ni­ty Cir­cle’s efforts will be a set of prin­ci­ples PSE estab­lished in its Grow­ing the Future report:

  • Eco­nom­ic inclu­sion leads to greater finan­cial well-being for fam­i­lies through­out the region.
  • Low-income com­mu­ni­ties and com­mu­ni­ties of col­or are untapped eco­nom­ic assets.
  • Access to equi­table edu­ca­tion oppor­tu­ni­ties and sup­ports are key to suc­cess­ful eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment efforts.
  • Increased work­force and soft-skills devel­op­ment for dis­in­vest­ed com­mu­ni­ties is critical.
  • Res­i­dents in under-resourced com­mu­ni­ties must be posi­tioned to inform and ben­e­fit from pos­i­tive mar­ket outcomes.
  • Place-based approach­es help revi­tal­ize under-devel­oped areas and invig­o­rate met­ro­pol­i­tan economies.

Casey is sup­port­ing PSE as part of its work to help res­i­dents in com­mu­ni­ties of col­or become more engaged in build­ing eco­nom­ic oppor­tu­ni­ties. When neigh­bor­hoods offer more path­ways to work and school, fam­i­lies are bet­ter able to care for their chil­dren and con­tribute to the region’s eco­nom­ic prosperity.

Read more about the JUST Oppor­tu­ni­ty Circle

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