Episode: 006: Infrastructure, Workforce Development, and Shared Regional Prosperity: Nathaniel Q. Smith, The Partnership for Southern Equity


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006: Infrastructure, Workforce Development, and Shared Regional Prosperity: Nathaniel Q. Smith, The Partnership for Southern Equity

On this episode, we talk with Nathaniel Q. Smith, the founder and convener of The Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE). PSE is working to bring together common and uncommon allies to develop public policies that will increase access and opportunity for vulnerable populations in the southeastern United States. They train everyday heroes in the art of community organizing and grow coalitions that realize equity in the areas of transportation, energy, growth, and health. Under Nathaniel’s leadership, PSE is currently working to bring public transportation back to Clayton County, Georgia, an area that lost its public transportation system four years ago. Nathaniel and PSE are also working to organize a collaborative that will work in metro Atlanta to realize the goal of a balanced distribution of energy benefits and burdens (energy equity). Their accomplishments to date include increased voting from vulnerable populations in T-SPLOST decision of 2011, creation of the Equitable Target Area Index and Social Equity Advisory Committee at the Atlanta Regional Commission, development of the Metro Atlanta Equity Atlas, institution of the American south’s first Equity Mapping and Framing tool, and highlighting the elevation of equity as the superior growth model for metro Atlanta.

Topic: Infrastructure, Workforce Development, and Shared Regional Prosperity

Guest: Nathaniel Q. Smith who is the founder/convener of The Partnership for Southern Equity.

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/pub/nathaniel-smith/6/115/958

Organization: The Partnership for Southern Equity is working to bring together common and uncommon allies to develop public policies that will increase access and opportunity for vulnerable populations in the southeastern United States

Website - http://partnershipforsouthernequity.org

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/PSEquity

Twitter - https://twitter.com/psequitymatters

Take Away Quotes:

“Our Interdependence as a region is what will dictate whether we will be competitive and sustainable.”

“The communities that have not answered the equity are left with a serious disadvantage.”

“What is economic development in the 21st century?"

“If we do not focus on people now as we move into an economy that requires (more skilled labor) then we will not be able to make profits (in the future).”

“Economic development is attracted to good infrastructure.”

“How can we leverage infrastructure and transportation in some of the communities that have been forgotten by the market in order to jump start local economies?”

Additional Resources:

Metro Atlanta Equity Atlas - http://partnershipforsouthernequity.org/index.php/issue-areas/maea

The Equity of Opportunity - http://partnershipforsouthernequity.org/index.php/issue-areas/equity-of-opportunity

 

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