From Investing in What Works for America's Communities
Howard focuses on the persistence of poverty and the growth of inequality, saying that jobs that are stable and build worker and community assets are critical to turning this around. Howard points out that anchor institutions, including hospitals, universities and major local employers, can change their often-disadvantaged local communities through concerted efforts in procurement and hiring. An even stronger strategy, which these institutions can also support at scale, is the growth of worker-owned businesses, such as Cleveland’s Evergreen Cooperatives, which can help communities build and sustain their own assets to bring them out of poverty. Howard concludes by citing the special opportunities currently available in green jobs.
Author: Ted Howard, Democracy Collaborative
Date of Publication: August, 2012
Last Updated: August, 2012