Cities of Opportunity
Healthy People, Thriving Communities

Economic Opportunity

Everyone should have a fair opportunity to make a stable living for themselves and their family, to plan for the future and to improve their standards of living.

  • The potential of upward, or downward, economic mobility affects the extent to which people experience chronic stress and access to the goods and services they need, with serious, multi-generational impacts on health.

Jobs/Workforce Development

  • Good jobs directly shape income and a range of conditions: access to health care and paid leave, healthy and affordable housing, the choice to live in safe and connected neighborhoods, and options for healthy food and exercise. Good jobs also come with safe working conditions and prospects for professional growth.
  • At the same time, employers need the talent and human resources to be competitive, to meet the needs of customers and communities for products and services, and to invest in the future of their businesses and communities.

Equitable Economic Development

  • Community residents must participate in decisions that affect their lives.
  • Business competitiveness is a major concern for city leaders.
  • It is vital to address both historical and current-day factors that cause displacement, blight, segregation and barriers to opportunity – for people, businesses and communities.