Equitable Innovation Economies

Cities across the U.S. are increasingly focusing their economic development efforts on innovation to spur economic growth. Investments in these assets – from advanced manufacturing technologies to tech firms to makerspaces — may grow businesses and create new jobs, but can also exacerbate inequities in cities already facing widening economic and racial disparities. The Equitable Innovation Economies Initiative is a multi-year project launched by the Pratt Center for Community Development in collaboration with PolicyLink and the Urban Manufacturing Alliance to help cities pursue more inclusive growth strategies in innovation and manufacturing. In the pilot phase of this initiative, four cities — Indianapolis; New York City; Portland, OR; and San Jose, CA — have been working together to identify and address barriers in their economic development strategies. Learn more about the initiative and read the report: Prototyping Equity: Local Strategies for a More Inclusive Innovation Strategy.