Every challenge our city faces - public safety, jobs, transportation, affordable housing, and so on - is tied to Charlotte’s low economic mobility. That’s why economic mobility and equity has to be at the center of all of our plans.
Building more affordable housing and investing in a better public transportation system will create jobs and increase economic mobility. Increasing economic mobility is a proven way to improve public safety. It’s all connected, and it requires us to break down the silos that keep local government from working together to solve these problems.
To create economic mobility, our focus needs to be on creating fair-paying jobs and training and educating members of our community to be able to get those jobs. We need to give members of our community the tools to invest in themselves, whether that’s home ownership, education, or entrepreneurship. Equity means giving everyone the tools and opportunities they need to succeed.