Driving economic mobility
A mid-sized US city was growing rapidly, attracting new residents, businesses and investment.
However, not all residents were benefiting from the growth and its inner-city black population, in particular, was being displaced.
Design a new 3-year equitable economic development and mobility strategy, bringing multiple departments together behind shared goals and objectives.
We collected data from federal, state and city governments to help understand the problem. We applied and localized insights from think tank and academic partners
We identified departments and partners and created willing coalitions and ways of working
We helped to define long-term goals and quick wins, in partnership with local communities
We identified capacity and resource gaps and helped to secure additional city, philanthropic and private funding. We also introduced a private social impact investor and helped to design a fund which could use federal grants as first loss capital
We identified other income inequality drivers over which the Mayor had limited control, but which she could influence
Finally, we helped to create an implementation plan as well as reporting mechanisms with the city council and key stakeholders
Officials from city agencies - from public works to transportation to permitting to workforce - started to work as a single team behind shared goals
Private and philanthropic partners deployed resources and services in support of the plan
12 months on, the city remains on track to deliver its output indicators - which should contribute to long term equity-related benefits for poor and hard-to-reach residents
Internal program NPS scores at 9.75 for the project