Smaller legacy cities must consider how to expand opportunity for all residents if they are to prosper in the long-term.

The transitions occurring in smaller legacy cities have a substantial impact on low-income populations, particularly workers with little advanced education or training. Communities must carefully consider how revitalization activities will impact low-income residents and how they can create greater access to opportunity for all residents.

Community Engagement Toolkit ➔
Leading Inside Out and the Collective Impact Forum created a toolkit to help guide community engagement efforts, with a particular eye on equity and inclusion.

National Equity Atlas ➔
Having good data on the diverse groups of people making up a community is key to creating revitalization strategies that will benefit all of them.

Dual-Client Workforce Development ➔
Many small legacy cities face a similar problem – high quality jobs are available, but the skills required for them do not match those of the local workforce.

Employer-Assisted Housing ➔
Employer-assisted housing programs provide financial assistance to employees to rent or purchase a home near their job, helping employers attract and retain high-quality employees.

Learn and Earn ➔
Meaningful work experience for young individuals can set them up for better work opportunities for the rest of their life. 

Workplace Financial Wellness Programs ➔
According to a 2017 survey by PwC, 53% of U.S. employees found it stressful to deal with their personal finances. Employers can help employees reduce the stress of financial management through workplace financial wellness programs.

The Geography of Jobs ➔
When discussing economic and workforce development, leaders must think about the geographic distribution of jobs.

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