Across the U.S., inequality has grown and cities and metro areas are struggling to generate inclusive growth. Meanwhile, globalization, technology and demography are having profound impacts on industries, people, and places. Technology has made manufacturing less job intensive and e-commerce is upending retail jobs. Rapid digitization is increasing the demand for skilled workers. And demographic change means that growing inclusively is more and more important to overall economic growth.
Ani Turner, author of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation report, examines how metro New Orleans stands to realize a $43 billion gain in economic output by closing the racial equity gap. The potential economic and social gains are significant. She will be joined at the forum by Joe Parilla, Fellow at the Brookings Institution, who will speak on how regional leaders can adapt to today’s disruptive economies and prosper through increased inclusion. His research was fundamental to The New Orleans Prosperity Index: Tricentennial Edition.