Expanding Access to Economic Opportunity in Fast-Growth Metropolitan Areas
Author(s): Pendall, Rolf; Turner, Margery A.
Organizational Author(s): The Urban Institute
Funding source not identified
Resource Availability: Publicly available
Discusses how economic development strategies targeting low-income families in metropolitan areas differ from more traditional-based antipoverty strategies and how similar approaches may suit Houston and other similar metropolitan areas.
“Many community development initiatives traditionally funded by foundations and the federal government evolved to respond to the economic conditions and barriers facing communities in big cities of northeast and Midwest. But conditions are dramatically different in Houston and other fast-growing metros like it, posing distinct opportunities and challenges for low-income families striving to get ahead. These metros account for over half the growth in young people over the past decade. So developing effective strategies for connecting low-income people with economic opportunities in these metros is critical for the future prosperity of the whole country. Neighborhood Centers, Inc., is developing and testing strategies for connecting underserved people to opportunities that reflect the realities of Houston’s geography, demographics, and economy. This paper was intended to start a discussion about how these strategies differ from more traditional place-based antipoverty strategies, and how similar approaches may suit other metros like Houston ” (p.1). The paper
went on to discuss how neighborhood centers are testing strategies for connecting people to economic opportunities. (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)
Major Findings & Recommendations
• “The Houston region leads the nation in economic growth, and its population is young and diverse” (p.1).
• “Despite Houston’s prosperity and growth, substantial barriers block low-income people’s access to regional opportunities that would allow them to thrive and advance economically” (p.4).
• “Houston is one of 15 fast-growth metros that account for over half of national job growth and three-quarters of the nation’s growth in children and youth since 2000” (p.6).
• “Neighborhood Centers is applying and testing strategies for connecting people to opportunities that reflect Houston’s demographic and economic realities” (p.12).
• “Community-serving organizations in Houston’s cluster could gain strength from a learning partnership to share strategies, data, and expertise” (p.14).
Workforce System Strategies Content Information
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