Cities of Opportunity
Healthy People, Thriving Communities

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Economic Opportunities

The opportunity to make a stable living, to plan for the future, and to improve standard of living.
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Housing

A healthy, affordable and stable place to call home that is convenient to jobs, schools and resources.
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City Planning & Design

Connected to the people, places, services and resources that people need in their daily lives
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Vision

Cities of Opportunity are places where all people can reach their full potential and live healthy, productive and fulfilling lives. In these cities, each resident regardless of background, geography, age, race, ethnicity, gender or ableness, has a fair opportunity to:

  • Make a stable living, plan for the future, and improve their standard of living;
  • Have a healthy, affordable and stable place to call home that is convenient to jobs, schools and resources; and,
  • Are connected to the people, places, services and resources that people need in their daily lives.

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About Levers for Action

A focus on a set of levers for action (or municipal capacities) is vital to help city leaders drive progress and build city resilience: Civic Engagement, Data, Equity Lens, Financing, Multi-Sector Coalitions, and Sustainability. These essential capacities:

  • Serve as building blocks that are broadly applicable to all city issues;
  • Anchor effective city action to advance equity; and,
  • Help cities zero in on the populations and issues that most need action and to leverage resources and strategies for lasting impact.

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