RESOLVED, that the mayor, through the city’s community development division, commits to convene a group of community leaders and representatives of city government to attend the National League of Cities Technical Assistance Roundtable on Building Equitable Communities on May 11 through 14 of 2008 in Savannah, Georgia, at which a year-one action plan and vision for a future prosperity agenda will be developed.
CD KO:jle 2/1/2008
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution formalizes support for community leaders and city representatives to attend the Building Equitable Communities Roundtable and to develop an action plan to increase prosperity in Duluth. There are a number of reasons why the city administration supports this effort:
1. The National League of Cities has called for city halls across the country to tap into their power to build equitable and inclusive communities.
2. Research indicates that the number of people experiencing poverty in Duluth is disproportionate to those experiencing it on a state and national level.
3. Persons seeking employment in Northeast Minnesota are faced with the median starting wage of $8.50, though the livable wage for a single person with one dependent in St. Louis County is $14.80.
4. Over 30 Duluth-based non-profit organizations, institutions and community groups have collaborated to address the root cause of poverty in Duluth, including: housing, healthcare, education, workforce training, job creation and employment, racism, transportation and ex-offender re-entry.
The city administration, working with this collaboration, can result in a city-wide prosperity agenda that includes building Duluthians’ incomes and assets, creating safe and sustainable communities, and strengthening the economy for all.