Just Opportunity

Many low-wealth and communities of color are still reeling from the impacts of Great Recession which have been compounded by the historic economic injustices. The American South’s economic competitiveness will be dependent on its ability to strengthen and engage these communities.
The Partnership for Southern Equity works with its partners to advance an economic inclusion agenda that promotes and increases equity in the distribution of income, wealth building, employment and entrepreneurship among vulnerable populations.

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

The Just Opportunity Circle is pleased to announce that our first Just Opportunity Summit will be on June 20-21, 2019 at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA! Tickets are available below!

Join hundreds of community, civic, and corporate leaders learn from experts, exchange ideas and build relationships around issues of racial economic inclusion in metro Atlanta.

This summit is co-hosted by the Just Opportunity Circle and our 34 key regional economic development leaders who are working together to advance sustainable solutions for equitable economic opportunities for all in four key areas throughout the Atlanta region: distribution of public investments, wealth building, employment, and entrepreneurship.

Summit session topics include: leveraging and mitigating the impact of Opportunity Zones and public investments, effective financial mobility strategies, policy supports for working families, access to capital for entrepreneurs of color, and preparing our youth for Atlanta’s changing economic landscape.

Attendees will also be able to participate in critical discussions and make new connections with hundreds of other decision-makers, experts and advocates.

Please click here for our updated agenda!

Want to attend the Just Opportunity Summit 2019, but need some help to get there? Scholarships are available now! Please click here to fill out the application form. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2019.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels. Please click here to view our sponsorship package. You can also email sponsorship@psequity.org for more information. 

Tickets are available below!


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