THE SHARED PROSPERITY PARTNERSHIP
EQUITY SOLUTIONS IN PLACEThe Shared Prosperity Partnership joined civic, community development, business, and philanthropic leaders from around the country for the Urban America Forward: Equity Solutions in Place conference at the University of Chicago on November 19 and 20. The two-day event featured in-depth, candid exchanges of insights, methods and tools for increasing equity and improving economic mobility in cities.
The strength of American cities – and the nation as a whole – depends on generating inclusive growth for people of all races, ethnicities, and incomes.
Yet even in our most economically vibrant cities, not all residents are benefiting from or contributing to that growth, resulting in stark racial and economic disparities that are even more extreme in distressed communities.
In response, local leaders across the country are innovating new strategies to promote inclusive growth. Many are producing positive but isolated outcomes. To deliver on the ultimate goal of shared prosperity, we hypothesize that cities could benefit from additional resources and support, including the opportunities to learn from one another, secure unlikely allies, and advance scaled solutions within states, across states, and at higher levels of government.
In that spirit, the Shared Prosperity Partnership – a collaboration of the Kresge Foundation, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, the Urban Institute, and Living Cities – seeks to support and accelerate local efforts by adding resources and connecting local leadership with national practitioners and researchers. By promoting inventive and actionable ideas, the Partnership aims to strengthen existing efforts and inform urban policy and practice, ultimately increasing economic mobility and decreasing disparities across races, ethnicities, and genders.
At a time of national challenge, the Shared Prosperity Partnership leverages the innovative work of local leaders across the United States to offer a hopeful vision for American civil society, economic competitiveness, and individual well-being.
New Policy Briefs
State Policies to Promote Shared Prosperity in Cities: The United States continues to be a country of tremendous economic opportunity, but this opportunity is not shared equally among residents. Even in the nation’s most successful cities, the failure to distribute these benefits more evenly has resulted in stark racial and economic disparities. This new series of policy briefs explores how states are natural partners for city and regional leaders, and they can position their cities and communities for success.
Business, civic and community leaders gathered in San Francisco on July 17 for the third “Building Opportunity for All” public forum to explore how rapid technological change is hardening inequity in America’s cities, and how technology can be harnessed to accelerate inclusion. The discussions were co-hosted by the The Atlantic and the Shared Prosperity Partnership . Watch a recording of the day’s discussions or read a recap about the promise of technology as a force for accelerating solutions.
On April 23, in Memphis, The Atlantic and the Shared Prosperity Partnership discussed the legacy of structural racism and its effects on American cities. Policymakers and community leaders also talked about how public policy and innovative solutions can help build more inclusive growth in Memphis and other cities.
In this paper, we review the three common principles that underlie strategies to ensure shared prosperity in cities and introduce the Share Prosperity Partnership, a joint initiative of the Kresge Foundation, the Brookings Institution, the Urban Institute, and Living Cities, that seeks to accelerate the locally-driven solutions to economic inequality that are emerging in urban communities across America. While the specific approach of each city is unique, all build on the fact that our nation only succeeds when our cities succeed; and our cities only succeed when all of their communities succeed.
National leaders share insight and best practices for delivering inclusive growth at “Building Opportunity for All” convening in Philadelphia
On October 15 in Philadelphia, elected officials, policymakers, experts, business and community leaders from across the country convened to deliver insights, best practices and shared experiences into creating inclusive economic growth. Held at The Kimmel Center, ‘Building Opportunity for All,’ was the first of several public summits hosted by The Atlantic and the Shared Prosperity Partnership, to raise awareness around how to grow U.S cities equitably. You can watch the full event video archive at: www.buildingopportunityforall.theatlantic.com