Implement Inclusive Economic Development


Implement Inclusive Economic Development

Expand economic opportunity and access to capital for low- and middle-income residents
If they are to prosper in the long term, legacy cities must consider how to expand opportunity for all residents. The transitions occurring in legacy cities have a substantial impact on low-income populations, particularly workers with little advanced education or training. Communities must carefully consider how revitalization activities will impact low-income residents and take steps to ensure the equitable distribution of benefits and burdens.

Community Engagement Toolkit

The Community Engagement Toolkit helps guide such efforts, with a particular focus on equity and inclusion. So that readers will consider external and internal factors in their engagement efforts, the toolkit asks practitioners to answer a series of questions while they are designing their engagement strategies.

Livable Communities Toolkit

The AARP Livable Communities initiative provides a collection of reports and how-to guides that address several livability issues, including aging in place, walkability and pedestrian safety, and inclusive transportation and public realm design.

National Equity Atlas

Produced by PolicyLink and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, the National Equity Atlas provides equity indicators, with data broken down by race and ethnicity. These include demographic data, measures of economic vitality and workforce readiness, and estimates of the impact of reducing inequitable outcomes.

Welcoming Economies Toolkit

Produced by the Welcoming Economies (WE) Global Network and tailored to conditions in legacy cities, this online toolkit includes sample policies, strategies, and programs to unlock the potential of and opportunities for refugees, immigrants, and American-born community members.

Initiative Profiles

Initiative Profiles

Pittsburgh, PA

Establishing and maintaining affordable manufacturing space for growing small business in one of Pittsburgh’s most distressed communities

Yonkers, NY

A program that offers paid summer employment and training in environmental conservation to local young residents—primarily low-income youth of color

Cleveland, OH

A technical assistance and low-interest financing program that helps homeowners improve and maintain the physical and economic value of older homes

Philadelphia, PA

Pairing basic landscaping and site improvements with maintenance services for the creation of public open spaces on otherwise vacant lots

Lawrence, MA

Supporting emerging food service businesses with yearlong business support services and a prominent downtown food service storefront


Regenerating America’s Legacy Cities

Alan Mallach and Lavea Brachman, 2013
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Revitalizing America’s Smaller Legacy Cities: Strategies for Postindustrial Success from Gary to Lowell

Torey Hollingsworth and Alison Goebel, 2017
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Toni Griffin et al., 2015

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