Regional Equitable Growth Profile Summary

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The Omaha-Council Bluffs metro region missed out on nearly $5 billion in economic activity in 2015 due to racial disparities in educational attainment, employment, economic development, housing and community development, transportation and health and wellness. That is one of the key findings of the updated Heartland 2050 Equitable Growth Profile, which will be released to the public on Wednesday, June 6.

The report is a joint project by the Heartland 2050 Equity and Engagement Committee, PolicyLink, and the University of Southern California’s Program on Environmental and Regional Equity.

Together with PolicyLink, Heartland 2050 released the first Equitable Growth Profile in 2014. PolicyLink is a leading national research and action institute advancing racial and economic equity by Lifting Up What Works®. The updated profile demonstrates the continued impact of racial disparities in the Omaha-Council Bluffs region. It outlines recommendations which can be utilized to close the gaps identified.