COMMITTING TO INCLUSIVE GROWTH: Lessons for metro areas from the Inclusive Economic Development Lab
As U.S. cities and metropolitan areas struggle to generate inclusive growth, regional economic development leaders can play a significant role in shaping policies and programs that expand equality of opportunity in their communities. Building on a companion report, “Opportunity for growth: How reducing barriers to economic inclusion can benefit workers”, firms, and local economies, this paper describes how economic development leaders can begin to approach that goal. Many of these lessons stem from Brookings’ Inclusive Economic Development Lab, a six-month process in which Brookings worked with regional economic development organizations (EDOs) in Indianapolis, Nashville, and San Diego to explore how these groups can contribute to more inclusive economic outcomes. This paper summarizes that process and its findings.
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