Economic Inclusion

Many communities of color in the South are still reeling from the Great Recession while those occupying the capitals of power are ignorant or indifferent to their plight. The Partnership for Southern Equity is focused on economic inclusion that promotes and increases equity in the distribution of income, wealth building, employment and entrepreneurship among vulnerable populations.

Just Opportunity Circle

The Just Opportunity Circle (JOC) represents an organized group of key regional economic development leaders from the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. This committed group is exploring sustainable strategies and solutions for equitable economic opportunities for individuals and their families. In addition, PSE is partnering with PolicyLink to have an important study conducted to examine the economic and social impacts that could be realized if full employment – where everyone who wants a job is able to have a job – is reached in the Atlanta region.
Guiding Principles of the Just Opportunity Circle:

Economic inclusion accounts for the financial well-being of families throughout the region

Low-income communities and communities of color are untapped economic assets

Access to equitable educational opportunities with support systems are key to successful economic development efforts

Increased workforce and soft-skills development for vulnerable communities foster engagement for a stronger economy

The human assets found in under-resourced communities must be positioned to inform and benefit from positive market outcomes

Place-based approaches for economic inclusion will revitalize under-developed areas and invigorate metropolitan economies


Advancing policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta and the American South.


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