INCOME INEQUALITY | In recent years, the District has experienced economic growth, but many of its residents have not been able to participate in this prosperity. DC Fiscal Policy Institute has released a report exploring how DC can address the growing income inequality, including how it can work differently with developers. (DCFPI, 7/2)
By taking a high-road economic development approach—in which developers partner with unions, invest in workers, and provide quality employment opportunities to residents—the District can ensure that the city’s ongoing growth provides benefits to the DC residents and workers who have been left behind. High-road development is associated with higher wages and benefits, reduced incidents of wage theft, and boosts to the local economy when workers spend their additional earnings. And, it helps ensure that projects are completed in a timely way and with high quality.
RACIAL EQUITY | In the Greater Washington region — like many other metropolitan regions — a conversation about racism and racial equity must cross geographic jurisdictions and racial and ethnic lines. In the sixth session of WRAG and Leadership Greater Washington’s Putting Racism on the Table: Expanding the Table for Racial Equity series, Dr. Manuel Pastor, professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, draws on his research on demographic change and movement building to lead a discussion on regionalism and racial equity. Click here to watch the video and download the accompanying discussion and viewing guides.
DIVERSITY | Ruth LaToison Ifill, vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Council on Foundations, discusses how her organization is working with member foundations to promote equity and inclusion across the philanthropic sector. (PND Blog, 7/5)
CENSUS 2020 | Here’s a brief visual history of the US census. (Citylab, 6/29)
– According to the recent Arlington Profile 2018 report, the county will most likely add 24,000 new homes by 2040. (ARLnow, 7/6)
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | Marc Elrich Narrowly Wins Democratic Nomination In Montgomery County Executive Race (WAMU, 7/8)
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