Update: We are accepting input from residents, businesses, civic and not-for-profit leaders, and other stakeholders. This is vital to developing a comprehensive and inclusive strategy. Let us know what you think by completing the form on our Economic Mobility Strategy page.
Invest Atlanta is redoubling its efforts on equity and economic mobility through the development of the city’s first-ever economic mobility strategy.
Economic prosperity and competitiveness in Atlanta start with equitable access to opportunity and pathways to wealth creation. The goal is to further economic development and mobility for all Atlantans by:
- Reviewing Atlanta’s current efforts around economic mobility
- Analyzing key factors related to access to opportunity – both within Atlanta and globally
- Identifying alignment opportunities across existing strategic frameworks
- Providing recommendations to further Atlanta’s economic development goals and improve economic mobility
Economic mobility is the ability of an individual, family, or group to improve their economic status. In Atlanta, that starts with equity equal access to opportunity and pathways to wealth creation. Atlanta currently leads the nation in income inequality. There is a clear divide between wealthier, majority white communities to the north of I-20 and poorer communities to the south and west where most residents are African-American.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has already shown strong leadership on these issues, and this strategy development process is an opportunity to align and complement the broader One Atlanta strategic effort. In addition, we leverage the expertise of our project partners at Bloomberg Associates, Enterprise, APD Urban Planning Management, and the Urban League of Greater Atlanta.
The approach will be data-driven, will build on the work that has been done and create alignment rather than be duplicative, and place an emphasis on national and international best practices customized to the unique strengths and trends in Atlanta.
The end goal is to identify pathways and specific policy recommendations to improve economic mobility. Input from residents, businesses, civic and not-for-profit leaders, and other stakeholders is vital to developing a comprehensive, inclusive strategy.
In the coming weeks and months, we will be asking your thoughts on how you would increase economic mobility in Atlanta. We look forward to hearing from you.