PERE Regional Equity Publications

Report: "Planning, Power, and Possibilities: Shaping Equitable Development in South Central L.A."

September 16, 2015

By Manuel Pastor, Vanessa Carter, Alejandro Sanchez-Lopez, and Robert Chlala

Planning, Power, and Possibilities tells the story behind two community benefits negotiations forged by the United Neighbors in Defense Against Displacement (UNIDAD) coalition in South Central Los Angeles.

In two community organizing victories, UNIDAD has proven that community organizations and private developers can forge a shared future, using tools like community benefits agreements (legal agreements on new real estate development projects).

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Fact Sheets: Full Employment for All - The Social and Economic Benefits of Race and Gender Equity in Employment

August 13, 2015

How much stronger could the economy be if everyone who wanted a job could find one—regardless of race,
ethnicity, or gender?

To inform the Center for Popular Democracy's "Fed Up" campaign, PolicyLink and PERE calculate the social and economic benefits of race and gender equity in employment.  We produced 13 fact sheets illustrating what the U.S. economy—and the economies of the 12 metropolitan regions where each Federal Reserve office is located—could look like with full employment. (Metros covered: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Cleveland, Richmond, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Dallas, and San Francisco.)

Linking Innovation With Inclusion: Demography, Equity, and the Future of San Diego


July 29, 2015

By Manuel Pastor, Alejandro-Sanchez Lopez, and Jennifer Ito

Linking Innovation with Inclusion: Demography, Equity, and the Future of San Diego
presents an in-depth analysis of equity and growth indicators for the region and offers nine unifying strategies to bring diverse, regional stakeholders together toward a common agenda for a more inclusive and sustainable future.

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Equitable Growth Profile for Fairfax County, VA

June 18, 2015

By PolicyLink and PERE

Fairfax County, Virginia is one of the wealthiest counties in the nation—but data from the National Equity Atlas finds that not all residents share in this economic prosperity. The Fairfax county profile presents data on demographic change and shows how investments in education and good jobs for communities of color are key to the county's economic future.

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Talkin' 'Bout Our Generations: Data, Deliberation, and Destiny in a Changing America

April 24, 2015

By Manuel Pastor, Jennifer Ito, and Vanessa Carter
Commissioned by the Generations Initiative

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Equitable Growth Profile of the San Francisco Bay Area Region

April 22, 2015

By PolicyLink and PERE

The Bay Area is booming, but a rising tide economy is not lifting up its low-income communities and communities of color. As communities of color continue to drive growth and change in the region, addressing wide racial inequities and ensuring people of color can fully participate as workers, entrepreneurs, and innovators is an urgent priority.

Our analysis finds that the regional economy could have been $117 billion stronger in 2012 had its racial gaps in income and employment been bridged. This profile, produced for The San Francisco Foundation, describes the region’s demographic transformation and performance on a series of equity indicators.

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Equitable Growth Profile of the Research Triangle Region

March 31, 2015

By PolicyLink and PERE

As the Research Triangle Region undergoes a profound demographic transformation, ensuring that communities of color are full and active participants in the region’s economy is critical to its success and prosperity. This profile, produced in partnership with the Triangle J and Kerr-Tarr regional Councils of Governments and guided by a 26-member advisory committee, describes how the 13-county regional economy could have been about $20 billion stronger in 2012 absent its large racial economic gaps, and presents strategies to put all residents on the path toward reaching their full potential. 

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Equitable Growth Profile of the Cape Fear Region

February 11, 2015

By PolicyLink and PERE

The Cape Fear Region is experiencing a demographic transformation characterized by a diversifying younger population and a rapidly growing senior population that is predominantly White.

To secure a thriving economy for the decades to come, the region must tap the economic potential of its growing young population.

Building education and career pathways for all and ensuring young workers are prepared for the jobs of the future are key strategies for inclusive growth in the region.

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Equitable Growth Profile of the Piedmont Triad Region

December 4, 2014

By PolicyLink and PERE

The Piedmont Triad region in North Carolina—covering 12 counties and home to the cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point—is a growing region whose demographics are rapidly changing.

Communities of color are driving growth, and have increased from 20 to 33 percent of the population since 1980. Ensuring its diverse residents can participate in the regional economy and contribute to stronger job growth and broadly shared prosperity is critical for the region’s future.

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Equitable Growth Profile of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Region

December 2, 2014

By PolicyLink and PERE

Omaha-Council Bluffs has a relatively strong and resilient regional economy, with overall low unemployment and steady job growth. At the same time, wages have stagnated for most workers and many communities of color face barriers to accessing good jobs, living wages, and the education needed for the jobs of the future. Increasing connections to good jobs, raising the floor for low-wage work, and building communities of opportunity metro-wide are key strategies to shift the region towards equitable growth.

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The Equity Solution: Racial Inclusion is Key to Growing a Strong New Economy

October 22, 2014

How much could the economy benefit from racial inclusion?

This research brief by PolicyLink and PERE estimates the economic boost of racial inclusion for the largest 150 regions, all 50 states, and the nation. We found that the national economy stands to grow $2.1 trillion every year from racial equity, and that every region in the country would gain millions per year – from $287 million in Springfield, Missouri (the lowest potential gain) to $510 billion in Los Angeles (the highest).

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An Equity Profile of the Houston-Galveston Region

October 14, 2014

By PolicyLink and PERE

Houston-Galveston is characterized by overall economic strength and resilience, but wide racial gaps in income, health, and opportunity coupled with declining wages, a shrinking middle class, and rising inequality place the region’s economic success and future at risk.

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Building Healthy Communities Through Youth Leadership

Summary of Key Findings from the 2013-2014 Youth Program Participant Survey
By Veronica Terriquez, Ph.D. and Gabriela Dominguez

The California Endowment (TCE) has invested in youth leadership and youth-led organizing as a key component of the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Initiative. This report is part of a broader assessment of BHC youth programming and focuses on survey results collected from young people across 13 target communities. 

The youth surveyed represent 68 BHC-affiliated organizations that engage their members through leadership development, grassroots organizing, restorative justice, arts and media production, and health-related activities.

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An Equity Profile of the Southeast Florida Region

June 11, 2014

By PolicyLink and PERE

The newest regional equity profile in partnership with PolicyLink, "An Equity Profile of Southeast Florida" shows how communities of color are driving the regipon's population growth, and how addressing racial gaps in income, health, and opportunity can lead to inclusive economic growth for all.

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Sharing Solar's Promise: Harnessing LA's FiT to Create Jobs and Build Social Equity

April 2014

"Sharing Solar's Promise: Harnessing LA's FiT to Create Jobs and Build Social Equity" is a a joint USC PERE/UCLA Luskin Center study conducted on behalf of the Los Angeles Business Council Institute. 

The report outlines recommendations for investing in solar equity "hot spots" in Los Angeles, and shows how focusing on high-need and high solar potential communities can spur regional economic growth, foster environmental sustainability, and create social equity in the workforce.

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Minnesota’s Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model

March 26, 2014
by Jennifer Tran and Sarah Treuhaft of PolicyLink

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There's Something Happening Here... A Look at The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative

By Manuel Pastor, Jennifer Ito, and Anthony Perez

February 2014

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An Agenda for Equity: A Framework for Building a Just Transportation System in Los Angeles County

By Vanessa Carter, Manuel Pastor, and Madeline Wander

November 2013

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Equity Indicators for a Greater San Diego: Focus on Demography, Economy, and Civic Health

October 2013

Prepared for The San Diego Foundation’s Center for Civic Engagement

By Manuel Pastor, Jennifer Ito, Mirabai Auer, Jared Sanchez, and Justin Scoggins

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Building Healthy Communities Youth Program Inventory Survey 2013

By Veronica Terriquez and Abdiel Lopez

August 2013




Koreatown: A Contested Community at a Crossroads

By Jared Sanchez, Mirabai Auer, Veronica Terriquez, and Mi Young Kim
Prepared in collaboration with the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA)
April 2012

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Toward 2050 in California: A Roundtable Report on Multiracial Collaboration in Los Angeles

The Center for American Progress and PolicyLink in association with PERE

March 2012




California's Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model

By PolicyLink/PERE

March 2012




A Roadmap to Green Manufacturing in Los Angeles: Policies, Planning, and Partnerships for Quality Jobs

Research Team: PERE, UCLA Department of Urban Planning, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy and Green for All 
January 2012

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Empowering LA’s Solar Workforce: New Policies that Deliver Investments and Jobs

By JR DeShazo, UCLA Luskin Center; Manuel Pastor, USC PERE; and Mirabai Auer, USC PERE
November 2011

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Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America’s Metropolitan Regions

Chris Benner
Associate Professor, Community and Regional Development
University of California, Davis

Manuel Pastor Jr.
Professor, American Studies & Ethnicity and
Director, Program for Environmental and Regional Equity
University of Southern California

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America’s Tomorrow:Equity is the Superior Growth Model

By Sarah Treuhaft, Angela Glover Blackwell, and Manuel Pastor
November 2011

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To mark the Rosenberg Foundation’s 75th anniversary, leading social justice advocates and thinkers look into the future

"Justice in California"

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Making a Market: Multifamily Rooftop Solar and Social Equity in Los Angeles

By JR DeShazo, Director, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation; Manuel Pastor, Director, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (USC PERE); Mirabai Auer, USC PERE; Vanessa Carter, USC PERE; Nicholas Vartanian, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation
April 2011

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Building a Stronger America by Investing in Boys and Young Men of Color

Contributions by Manuel Pastor and PolicyLink President and CEO, Angela Glover Blackwell

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Alliance for a Better Community resident-driven research uncovers relationship between place and health; PERE supports research efforts

Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America's Future

By Angela Glover Blackwell, Manuel Pastor, and Stewart Kwoh
June 2010

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Reducing Poverty and Economic Distress after ARRA: Potential Roles for Place-Conscious Strategies

By Manuel Pastor, Margery Austin Turner
April 2010

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Breaking the Bank / (Re)Making the Bank: America’s Financial Crisis and the Implications for Sustainable Advocacy for Fair Credit and Fair Banking

By Manuel Pastor, Rhonda Ortiz, and Vanessa Carter
February 2010

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Banking on LA

By Manuel Pastor 
March 2009

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Immigrant Integration in Los Angeles: Strategic Directions for Funders

By Manuel Pastor and Rhonda Ortiz
January 2009

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State of the Region: Growth, Equity, and Inclusion in the BayArea

By Manuel Pastor, Rhonda Ortiz, Jennifer Tran, Justin Scoggins, and Vanessa Carter
December 2008

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