Job Creation and Economic Opportunity to Improve Health and Equity

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has endangered the health and economic well-being of millions of Americans, municipal leaders across the country are advancing innovative approaches to job creation, employment, and economic opportunity through COVID-19 recovery initiatives.

The National League of Cities, in partnership with The Democracy Collaborative‘s Healthcare Anchor Network (HAN) is proud to announce the Mayors’ Institute Job Creation and Economic Opportunity to Improve Health and Equity, an intensive problem-solving initiative with on-going capacity-building efforts featuring the following cities: Lexington, Ky.; Rochester, Minn.; San Antonio, Texas; San Francisco, Calif.; Springfield, Mass.; and Tacoma, Wash.

The Mayors’ Institute, informed by a related issue brief on spurring job creation and economic opportunity in communities, will explore a diverse array of strategies including collaboration with state and federal governments, social enterprise, entrepreneurship, the role of anchor institutions, data, technology, among other efforts. Mayors and their teams will drive peer-to-peer conversations to encourage economic innovation with a focus on supporting low-to-no income populations who face significant barriers to employment.

The Cities of Opportunity Mayors’ Institute on Job Creation and Economic Opportunity to Improve Health and Equity is generously supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

For more information about the Community of Practice by reaching out to Olga Kozlova at Kozlova@nlc.org.

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NLC highlights strategies that can be adopted by city leaders to advance economic opportunity in light of the devastating impact of COVID-19.