Attract + Create Jobs

Poverty Reduction Strategy no. 2

Channel future job growth in the region, specifically growth in well-paid entry level jobs, to areas where those jobs are more accessible to people in poverty.

Plan for location efficient job creation

Supporting the re-onshoring of manufacturing and drawing job growth into communities can increase opportunities for people currently living in poverty. Capturing 5% of the forecasted job growth for the region could create 3,939 jobs for people currently living in poverty in Phoenix, Arizona (assuming 20% of newly created jobs are filled by those now in poverty).

Action: Address barriers to employers locating in cities, including land use and zoning, as well as freight transportation needs.

Additional Benefits: Improve employer access to workforce, use of existing infrastructure assets efficiently, reduce travel of people and goods.

Stakeholders: Workers, city officials, including city planning and transportation departments, employers.

Where it’s been done: The Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York is an industrial revitalization success story with more than 300 businesses employing 7,000 workers in a transit-accessible location.

  • Best Practice #1

    Boston's Seaport District

    Boston, MA: Boston's Seaport District, a former industrial area filled with abandoned warehouses and parking lots is now a thriving employment, cultural and residential neighborhood. In 2010, the I-90 & I-93 interchange opened which improved access to Seaport District. A bus rapid line allows for speedy trips to the downtown and beyond. The District employs over 28,000 people and is home to many large employers, such as Vertex Pharmaceuticals, PricewaterhouseCoopers and most recently GE, who relocated their headquarters from a suburban location.

  • Best Practice #2

    Chicago Fulton Market

    Chicago, IL: Chicago's Fulton Market neighborhood has rapidly changed since the 2010s - what was previously a low-density industrial warehouse district is now an office and residential development. McDonald's headquarters, a 490,000 square feet building is among the largest employers, with Google and other tech firm also moving in.

  • Best Practice #3

    South Bend's Industrial Building Renovation

    South Bend, IN: South Bend, Indiana renovated an old industrial building vacated by a car manufacturer in the 1960s into a technology hub. Current residents of the 800,000 square feet space include a data storage & analytics firm, biotech and tech firms. The adaptive reuse of the building has received $14.6 million from city, state and federal investment.

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