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Dear friends and colleagues,

Regional prosperity requires economic growth, of course, but also sustainability, quality of life, and inclusive growth. Our New Orleans Index at Ten measured all these domains and found that while our economy was improving, we had much work to do on sustainability and inclusion.

The tricentennial is an appropriate time to take a deeper dive on the question of inclusion. After all, our first 300 years included roughly 150 years of slavery and 100 of Jim Crow. This leaves the question: Have black New Orleanians experienced increased economic inclusion since the end of the Civil Rights era when most Jim Crow laws were overturned?

The recently released New Orleans Prosperity Index measured 24 indicators to answer this question, and to determine which systems are producing good or poor outcomes for people of color in New Orleans.

These findings are important because mounting research indicates that regions with greater inclusion experience greater economic growth, overall. This makes sense given the diversification of the U.S. population. As people of color make up larger and larger shares of working-age populations, economic success becomes more and more dependent upon the ability of all racial and ethnic groups to be performing at their utmost potential.

Today we release an infographic that succinctly summarizes 6 of the 24 indicators from The New Orleans Prosperity Index: Tricentennial Edition.

Also, don’t forget to register for the NOLA 300 Forum for Progress and Prosperity, with in-depth presentations of data  from the Prosperity Index and accompanying briefs, along with national research focused on the economic value of building an inclusive economy. We hope to see you there!

Check out the infographic at:
Bringing you the data you need to make informed decisions,

The Data Center team
Allison Plyer, Erica Amrine, Keisha Smith, Dabne Whitemore, Lamar Gardere, Rachel Weinstein, and Bernardo Espinosa

Join us on June 20th for the NOLA 300 Forum for Progress and Prosperty to find out more behind the data in The New Orleans Prosperity Index: Tricentennial Collection
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