Equity as an Economic Issue
The Research Triangle Region is undergoing a profound demographic transformation. How the region responds will significantly influence future prosperity. People of color increasingly drive the region’s population growth. Today, a quarter of the region’s seniors are people of color, as compared to nearly half of the region’s youth.
Ensuring that communities of color are full and active participants in the region’s economy is critical to the next generation of growth and economic development. The region’s economy could have been more than $20 billion stronger in 2012 if there were no economic differences by race. By developing good jobs and paths to financial security for all, creating opportunity across the region, and strengthening education from cradle to career, Research Triangle leaders can put all residents on the path toward reaching their full potential, securing a brighter future for the whole region.
Examining equity to prepare for our region's economic future
The Research Triangle Region has a long tradition of growth and change, as its research universities and technologically sophisticated businesses have served markets and attracted people from across the United States and around the world. From the city cores of Raleigh and Durham to small towns and rural areas throughout the region, the communities that make up the Research Triangle have a common goal of seeing that all its people have pathways to success.
We know we need to prepare for the region we will be, not the region we are today. That is why Triangle J Council of Governments and our neighbor, Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments, partnered with PolicyLink and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) to produce our region's Equitable Growth Profile. This data-driven analysis provides an excellent evidence-based foundation for understanding the challenges and opportunities of our region’s shifting demographics. It can help our region’s diverse communities focus on the resources and opportunities they need to participate and prosper. We hope that this profile is widely used by business, government, academic, philanthropic and civic leaders working to create a stronger, more engaged, and more resilient region.
View the Equitable Growth Profile for the 13-county Research Triangle region here.
View the Carrboro Equitable Growth Profile here.
View the narrative summary, with implications and recommendations, here.
View the March 31, 2015, presentation by Sarita Turner of PolicyLink here.
View the audience polling results here.
TJCOG is available to present a summary of the profile and its recommendations to your group.
For more information, contact John Hodges-Copple, firstname.lastname@example.org, 919.558.9320