PolicyLink's National Equity Atlas is Here!



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Equity Is the Superior Growth Model

October 23, 2014


The National Equity Atlas


We're thrilled to announce the launch of the National Equity Atlas — a unique data tool for those working to transform America's broken economy into one that is equitable, resilient, and prosperous.

Developed by PolicyLink and the University of Southern California's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE), the Atlas is a comprehensive online resource that puts data on demographic change, racial inclusion, and the economic benefits of equity into your hands. With a click of the button, you can access key indicators on the largest 150 regions, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the nation as a whole.

"Dismantling racial exclusion is critical to secure the nation's economic future," said Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink. "Understanding the state of equity — region by region, state by state — is the first step."

Beyond providing data, charts, and maps, the Atlas shares policy ideas, examples of how communities are using equity data to drive policy change, and much more.

View it and explore the state of equity in your region atwww.nationalequityatlas.org.

How Much Would Your Region's Economy Benefit From Racial Inclusion?



In short, a lot, according to The Equity Solution, a new research brief released by PolicyLink and PERE. Every region of the country would be financially stronger with racial inclusion — from $287 million per year in Springfield, Missouri (the lowest potential gain) to $510 billion per year in Los Angeles (the highest).

Find out your region's potential equity dividend.


In Brief

You're Invited:National Equity Atlas Launch Webinar

Please join Angela Glover Blackwell, Manuel Pastor, and the Equity Atlas team for a national launch event on Tuesday, November 18 at 3 p.m. Eastern, 12 noon Pacific. Register here.


The State of Equity in Houston

Last week, PolicyLink and PERE released an Equity Profile of the Houston region. Our analysis found that rising inequality, stagnant wages, and racial inequities in education, income, and health are a risk to its future prosperity. With the launch of the newNational Equity Atlas, you can access similar data and analyses for your region.


What People Are Saying

"As we work to ensure that low-wage workers are paid a living wage and have access to the rights and resources they need, the Atlas will provide an invaluable resource" - Saru Jayaraman, Restaurant Opportunities Center United

"The Atlas is a phenomenal tool for policymakers" - Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles County Supervisor

"The bottom line for business is we stand to benefit a lot if we work with our communities to ensure everyone is able to participate equally" - David Levine, American Sustainable Business Council (on The Equity Solution)

"Working with the business community to address racial inequity in our city, we have a plan to put black men in our city back to work. Our hope is that New Orleans will serve as a model for other cities across the country who are struggling to ensure equal participation among all residents." - Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans

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