Advancing Opportunity in California’s Inland Empire
This Brookings Institution report considers ways in which the Inland Empire can advance economic opportunity by focusing regional growth strategies on “Opportunity Industries”—the industries that concentrate the region’s good jobs and promising jobs. Good jobs provide middle-class wages and benefits. Promising jobs are entry-level jobs that provide career pathways to good jobs. Although promising jobs do not provide the pay or benefits of a good job, they enable an incumbent worker to reach a good job within 10 years.
Inland Economic Growth and Opportunity: Middle-Class Jobs for a Growing Region
The Inland Economic Growth & Opportunity (IEGO) campaign unites a diverse set of community leaders from the combined metropolitan area of Riverside County and San Bernardino County, a 4.5 million- resident region also known as the “Inland Empire” or “Inland Southern California.” Leaders in the region are steadfast in their commitment to expanding access to full-time jobs that enable working families to make ends meet.
Part of the solution is increasing access to higher education, and efforts are already well underway to increase the level of four-year college attainment in the region. Just as important, the region needs to support the growth of sectors and firms that provide economic mobility via skills training and career pathways, and increase access to those jobs for all residents, reflecting the diversity of the region.
Transforming the Logistics and Supply Chain Industry in the Inland Empire
The Inland Empire has experienced economic growth, but not shared prosperity. IEGO has decided to invest in a sustainable logistics and supply chain cluster because of the incredible potential for transformation – resulting in quality jobs, environmental sustainability and inclusive growth for the region. This investment plan outlines a set of funding priorities to achieve these triple bottom line outcomes.
In the Inland Empire, the region’s future has become inextricably linked with the future projected growth in logistics in many ways. The nearly 27,000 square mile region holds significant infrastructure and employment assets for the Southern California logistics corridor. The region leads the nation in logistics facility construction—23.7 million square feet is under construction with the majority exceeding 500,000 square feet.
BLUEPRINT: PART 1 AND PART 2
The “Decision Points for IEGO’s Path Forward: An Implementation Blueprint to Spur Inclusive Growth” Part 1 and Part 2 documents take a deep dive into each of the priority sectors of IEGO to outline the vision, progress, the assets, challenges, and offers some recommendations and decision points for IEGO leaders to consider.
A VISION FOR INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
In Co-designing a Recovery for All, Jobs for the Future (JFF) presents a vision for growing the economy differently. Equitable economic growth requires inclusion at every step, from how we design our education and training systems to how we use collaborative strategies and coordinated investments for regional economic development.
LESSONS FROM CA's INLAND EMPIRE
In 2015, a group of Inland Empire leaders came together to solve a longstanding problem: How do we create more quality jobs, particularly for those without a four-year degree? The leaders who would later establish IEGO, decided to take a strategic, cluster-based approach, as outlined in the Cluster-Based, Inclusive Regional Economic Development report.