Current data point to a grim picture of an increasingly divergent and disconnected America, with serious implications for transit access, social service provision, health care, sustainability, and democracy. U.S. inequality is at its highest point in a century and growing, while economic mobility remains stagnant. Increasing evidence suggests that inequality affects the extent to which economic growth can be sustained over time.
Published in May 2014, Growth & Opportunity: A framework for stronger, more equitable local and regional economies distills the growing body of research indicating a link between economic inequality and economic growth, and offers up a "Growth & Opportunity" framework as a lens through which practitioners might think about collaborative approaches to address this issue. This three-tiered framework asserts that sustained growth can only come through “good” job growth (job creation), a workforce prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow (job preparation), and tighter connectivity between jobs and workers (job access).
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