What We're Doing

The New York City Inclusive Growth Initiative is a joint project of the New York City Employment and Training Coalition (NYCETC), the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD) and Regional Plan Association (RPA). Our Inclusive Growth Initiative’s goal is to meet the need for leadership committed to ensuring new voices are shaping tomorrow’s economic development strategies.

NYCETC, ANHD, and RPA are joining forces to begin addressing New York City’s economic inequalities by offering a new vision for how economic policy decisions are made and the methods through which economic development and economic opportunity are delivered. This agenda will chart a course for how our communities can fully benefit from economic growth. It will demonstrate how an interconnected system of workforce and economic development and housing and neighborhood affordability can be developed to support all New Yorkers when it is informed by priorities related to racial and social justice, education, infrastructure and transportation, poverty, gender, immigration services, climate and sustainability, and disabilities and accessibilities.

Long-term, we hope that economic development in New York City is more inclusive, and more coordinated with other community development goals, including housing and social justice goals.

That’s why NYCETC, ANHD and RPA are starting the Inclusive Growth Initiative not with policies, but with people: recruiting 20 emerging leaders, representative of the diversity of New York City, to set an agenda for the new mayoral administration. These will be people who live the everyday reality of New York City and are dedicated to make it better. We will seek to equip these emerging leaders with data-driven research, a comprehensive understanding of the strengths and constraints of the current levers available to government, and empower them to truly influence the civic conversation.

Even before COVID-19, New York City had become increasingly trapped in stagnation, with almost all benefits of economic growth accumulating at the top. COVID has made this unfairness even more evident, and the movement for Black Lives Matter demands we re-center the needs of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Home health care aids, nurses, postal workers, retail employees and others who have saved countless lives and kept our city running are living even more precariously today than prior to the pandemic. Many others who would gladly contribute are unable to find a job that lets them do so.