County governments play an instrumental role in building the economic resilience and vitality of communities and supporting the economic wellbeing of residents. Community characteristics such as quality housing supply and safe and navigable neighborhoods, services like public health programs, early childhood education and workforce development training for jobseekers, connectivity to the marketplace through technology and information support the economic mobility of individuals and families. Counties and county leaders are uniquely positioned as changemakers through local authorities and duties to have a direct impact on each of these and more. 

In the United States, economic mobility is centered on the goal that each generation can achieve greater financial well-being than the previous one. In recent decades, this goal has become harder to reach. According to Opportunity Insights, only about half of Americans born since 1980 go on to earn more than their parents did. Using evidence-based economic development strategies, county leaders can reverse this trend and help move Americans out of poverty and do better for themselves and their families. This page offers resources and programs for local decision makers to implement policies and practices that will create economic mobility for all. 

Thank You to Our Funder

NACo’s economic mobility work is generously funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The contents of this webpage and recommended resources do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Jennifer Kuiper

Associate Program Director, Resilient Economies & Communities