As the Triad inches its way out of the Great Recession and looks forward into the future, the need for a new policy framework to guide our economic growth is clear. The middle-class has shrunk, making the gap between the affluent and poor the widest it has ever been and, the gap continues to grow.
Over 75 people attend the first ever regional equity summit on August 7, 2013 at the Galileee Missionary Baptist Church. The morning presentations consisted of an update on the Piedmont Together project and reviews of regional equity data. Then there was a very lively panel discussion featuring local experts on the economy, workforce development, and demographic trends. In the afternoon, attendees heard from Mayor Allen Joines and worked in small groups to begin the development of an action plan.
There was consensus to have a followup meeting, possibly in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Livable Communities Summit. If you'd like to learn more about what was discussed you can download the presentations, data and information collected.