Create communities of opportunity through place-based strategies and investments
On February 12, President Obama will share his agenda for the next four years in his State of the Union. On February 4, PolicyLink presented its policy agenda to build an equitable economy using principles that grow good jobs, build capacity, erase barriers, and expand opportunity. As the State of the Union nears, we will share our principles daily. We urge you to adopt and share these principles or suggest others on Equityblog.org. For more principles and coverage of the February 4 event, go to Equity and the Future of the American Economy.
Create communities of opportunity through place-based strategies and investments. In America, your address has become a proxy for opportunity, health, and prosperity. Targeted place-based policy initiatives that draw from local innovations and best practices can rebuild distressed communities into communities of opportunity that provide access to good jobs, transportation, vital services, healthy food, high-quality schools, and safe places to walk and be physically active. This administration should build upon the place-based efforts of the last four years and expand this cadre of successful, result-focused programs.