Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) is a broad dynamic network of organizations and individuals committed to promoting equitable development and shared prosperity in the Atlanta metropolitan region.

PSE envisions a new metropolitan Atlanta region in which all people can prosper and thrive because they have access to economic, civic, and social opportunities.

Together we can create a region of balanced growth and opportunity. Together we can create a region where good schools, jobs and qualified labor can be found everywhere. Together we can create a region where all communities are safe and have access to diverse housing options, healthy food and stable infrastructures.

The strength of Partnership for Southern Equity is the ability to connect diverse individuals and organizations that encourage just, sustainable practices. Partnership for Southern Equity focuses on:

  •  Connecting the working poor to solutions that empower communities.
  •  Informing decision makers and communities on inclusive growth and development opportunities,
  •  Impacting development and business investment to promote inclusiveness, quality growth, and regional competitiveness, and
  • Growing a multi-generational cadre of equity leaders and policy innovators.

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In a relatively short time, Partnership for Southern Equity has garnered considerable accomplishments.  Be a part of Partnership for Southern Equity's future success.

2009 Southern Sustainability Summit
This inaugural event brought together over 300 individuals representing diverse organizations to engage in discussion about promoting true sustainability in Metro Atlanta and in the American South.

Inaugural Partnership for Southern Equity Forum: Recovering Stronger - Convening and Policy Brief
Over 200 diverse advocates and individuals participated in a session to learn about the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act opportunities in Metropolitan Atlanta.  A supporting policy brief was developed to highlight promising local practices for distributing Recovery Act dollars equitably.

Co-hosted "The American Dream Foreclosed: Local and National Solutions for the Housing and Mortgage Crisis" 70-plus students and faculty from Emory and Georgia Tech, community activists, foundation officers, elected officials, neighbors, and community-building practitioners braved the elements to hear from a powerful, provocative panel of five experts addressing local and national solutions to the mortgage crisis. Alyssa Katz author of the book Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own US was the keynote presenter for the event. Participants were responsive and excited to take the discussion back to their communities.

Partnership for Southern Equity Forum II: Census Power! Lifting Every Voice for Regional Equity
Partnership for Southern Equity convened its second Partnership for Southern Equity Forum to highlight the importance of a complete count in the 2010 Census. Various committees representing diverse communities of color highlighted their efforts in promoting a complete count in their respective communities. Over 100 participants participated in this informative event.

Equitable Planning work session convened with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)
Partnership for Southern Equity partnered with the Atlanta Regional Commission to host an equitable planning work session in conjunction with ARC's Plan 2040 long term transportation planning efforts. Over 100 organizations participated in providing critical advice and perspectives in promoting shared growth and prosperity via equitable planning strategies. Partnership for Southern Equity's Co-founder and Convener participated as the moderator of the event. Visit ARC’s website here for more information about Plan 2040.
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Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) pushes for policies and actions that promote equity and shared prosperity in metropolitan Atlanta. Through forums, research, and organizing efforts, PSE brings together the regional community to lift up and encourage just, sustainable, and civic practices for balanced growth and opportunity.

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