Local Government Leadership for Economic Mobility & Opportunity
ICMA will offer a series of learning and training opportunities around boosting upward mobility in local communities.
Learn more about the ten communities who have been selected to be members through a process that gauged readiness to implement EMO-centered strategies through policies, practices, processes, and programs.
- Data Resources
Data for U.S. cities and counties on evidence-based predictors of mobility from poverty
Research and data to identify and dismantle barriers to economic opportunity
Best Practices for Optimizing Data to Advance Economic Mobility
Do you have data that uncovers key barriers to economic mobility in your community, but need an impactful way to translate that data to a wider audience? To help you bring your data to life, this course dives into the basics of data and information visualization, covering various ways to visualize data and make it more palatable- through charts, maps, graphs, infographics, and combinations of these options.
Beyond the Data: Charting a Path to Economic Opportunity Through Storytelling
What story of your community does your data tell? Is it a story of a community where everyone thrives, or maybe one where disparities in housing, education, and job opportunities persist? This course will foster better understanding of how to harness data to tell stories about the realities of your community in a way that meets audiences where they are, gives them the information they need (and nothing they don't!), and inspires them to take actionable steps with the information being presented.
- Planning Guidance
- Planning Guide for Local Action: Urban Institute's comprehensive framework and guidance for developing a mobility action plan
- Example Strategies and Case Studies
- Results for America's Economic Mobility Catalog: a searchable library of evidence-based strategies and implementation guidance.
- Affordable Housing: Open the Door to Economic Mobility for Your Residents (ICMA Podcast)
- Getting Out of Your Own Way: Enabling Community-Driven Policy Change (PM Magazine)
Featured Resource: Tools & Resources for Promoting Upward Mobility from the 2023 3rd Annual ICMA Equity Summit
This session introduces a continuum of open-access resources and tools available to help you identify, refine, and advance local priorities around increasing mobility and decreasing inequities. Learn about accessing metrics data, planning guidance, and examples of evidence-based strategies and leading practices spanning a wide range of issue areas. Speakers include: Ryan Rippel, Director, Economic Mobility and Opportunity, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Ross Tilchin, Director of Economic Mobility, Results for America; and Tina Chelidze, Policy Associate, Urban Institute.