Local Action Challenge for Economic Mobility and Opportunity
NLC President Matt Zone launched the Economic Mobility and Opportunity Task Force when he took office in November to pursue a three-pronged strategy over the next year that will include municipal engagement and peer learning, documentation of promising and emerging city approaches, and education and training for city officials.
President Zone has issued a challenge asking every city to take action to increase economic mobility and opportunity for their residents in 2017. President Zone’s action challenge highlights practical and accessible steps city leaders can take in four key areas to help individuals and families meet their basic needs and move up the economic ladder. They include:
- Boost Working Families’ Incomes — Promote and Help Residents Claim the Earned Income Tax Credit
- Strengthen Residents’ Financial Capability – Expand Access to Financial Education and Coaching
- Provide New Options for Families in Debt – Implement Win-Win City Debt Collection Strategies
- Expand Job Access and Pathways of Opportunity – Use City Hiring and Contracting Policies to Assist Residents in Distressed Neighborhoods
Once you've selected one or more of the above steps to implement in your community, President Zone asks city leaders to join together by signing the following pledge: