Equity Profiles

Equity Profiles are produced in partnership with leaders working for equitable and sustainable regional and state futures. Each profile presents demographic trends and assess how well regions are doing to ensure its diverse residents can participate in the region's economic vitality, contribute to the readiness of the workforce, and connect to the region's assets and opportunities. If you are interested in producing an Equity Profile for your community, please contact Sarah Treuhaft at sarah@policylink.org.

  • An Equity Profile of the Los Angeles Region

    March 2, 2017

    While the nation is projected to become a people-of-color majority by the year 2044, Los Angeles reached that milestone in the 1980s. Los Angeles’ diversity is a major asset in the global economy, but inequities and disparities are holding the region back. Closing racial gaps in economic opportunity and outcomes will be key to the region’s future. This equity profile examines demographic trends and indicators of equitable growth in Los Angeles county, highlighting strengths and areas of vulnerability in relation to the goal of building a strong, resilient economy. It was developed by PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) to support the Weingart Foundation, other funders, advocacy groups, elected officials, planners, business leaders, and others working to build a stronger and more equitable region. Read the summary and the full profile.

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  • An Equity Profile of the Detroit Region

    June 24, 2015

    The Detroit region is undergoing growth and change. After losing approximately 156,000 people between 2000 and 2010, the region is projected to reverse its recent losses and grow by about 5 percent over the next 30 years. People of color will make up a growing share of the population, with much of that growth propelled by Latinos and Asians. An infusion of new public and private investments along with middle-wage job growth is also fueling an economic recovery, what some have called a Detroit Renaissance. However, not everyone will benefit unless business, community, and political leaders work together to connect people of color to jobs, business opportunities, quality education and career training, and healthy homes and neighborhoods. Download the equity profile and summary.

  • Equitable Growth Profile of the Cape Fear Region

    February 11, 2015

    The Cape Fear region in North Carolina is experiencing a demographic transformation characterized by a diversifying younger population and a rapidly growing senior population that is predominantly White. To secure a thriving economy for the decades to come, the region must tap the economic potential of its growing young population. Building education and career pathways for all and ensuring young workers are prepared for the jobs of the future are key strategies for inclusive growth in the region. Download the profile and summary.

    Media: Community, business leaders discuss inequalities and growth (WilmingtonBiz.com)