The National League of Cities (NLC)’s Equitable Economic Mobility Initiative (EEMI) is a 15-month technical assistance and grant project intending to catalyze municipal action to expand economic mobility for residents while eliminating longstanding racial inequities.

EEMI helps cities place the economic mobility of families at the forefront as their local economies and their residents recover and rebuild after the devastating and inequitable economic impacts of the pandemic.
Far beyond past recessions, COVID-19 has unraveled communities and destroyed financial stability for many families. An array of health and economic indicators point to the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on people of color, exacerbating existing inequities.

New opportunities and federal recovery packages, such as the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), provide many cities a chance to develop and amplify supports that residents need to meet basic needs and thrive.

However, there is still uncertainty about how long the economic impacts of the pandemic will reverberate for families after record-high unemployment rates and business closures.

NLC’s newest initiative provides grant funding, peer learning opportunities and strategic guidance to a cohort of eight cities to leverage ARPA funding, align community partners and sustainably change the trajectory for many vulnerable families.

The eight cities selected for the EEMI cohort include:

  • Akron, OH
  • Charleston, SC
  • Denver, CO
  • Fresno, CA
  • Orlando, FL
  • Roanoke, VA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Tucson, AZ

These eight cities are working to improve residents’ economic mobility by supporting small Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) businesses, expanding resident engagement in decision-making, building workforce development and training opportunities in high wage sectors, targeting residents most impacted by the pandemic, including mothers, implementing multi-generational approaches to entrepreneurship, and engaging youth in employment opportunities and business ownership.

For more information about EEMI please contact the EOFE team at

Join us

City leaders, staff and partners can join NLC’s Economi Mobility Peer Network to help boost economic mobility for residents using strategies that are grounded in equity.