Cities of Opportunity
Healthy People, Thriving Communities

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Economic Opportunities

The opportunity to make a stable living, to plan for the future, and to improve standard of living.
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Housing

A healthy, affordable and stable place to call home that is convenient to jobs, schools and resources.
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City Planning & Design

Connected to the people, places, services and resources that people need in their daily lives
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Vision

Cities of Opportunity are places where all people can reach their full potential and live healthy, productive and fulfilling lives. In these cities, each resident regardless of background, geography, age, race, ethnicity, gender or ableness, has a fair opportunity to:

  • Make a stable living, plan for the future, and improve their standard of living;
  • Have a healthy, affordable and stable place to call home that is convenient to jobs, schools and resources; and,
  • Are connected to the people, places, services and resources that people need in their daily lives.

This promise is all the more elusive in view of the COVID-19 pandemic – and Cities of Opportunity offers the framework to deliver a strong recovery.

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Levers for Action

To drive comprehensive policy and systems change, Cities of Opportunity builds local leaders’ capacity in key Levers for Action through the lens of Equity and Race: 

  • Civic Engagement to develop and repair trust with communities and with residents at the table to shape decisions that affect their lives.
  • Data to identify priority populations to focus on, to understand sources of inequities and to measure progress and achieve equitable outcomes.
  • Financing to ensure equity and inclusion in how a municipality deploys its funding.
  • Cross-Government and Multi-Sector Partnerships to strengthen collaboration across local government, with state and federal governments, and with businesses, community-based organizations, and other local stakeholders.
  • Durability and Sustainability of programming efforts with intentional and rigorous application of equity principles as cities develop and implement strategies for change.

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Levers for Action

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