While the Twin Cities region benefits from a number of social and economic assets, the region continues to be at the top of less than desirable lists, especially those that reveal significant disparities in education, income, healthy poverty levels and jobslessness. In a region where household income is often ranged among the highest in the nation, black household income is among the lowest. In a region with the highest share of adults with a high school diploma, our racial disparities in education continue to lead the nation. In a region with relative low unemployment, the unemployment gap is one of the highest in the country, and people of color fare far worse than whites on a variety of health measures, including mortality. According to the Itasca Project Disparities Taskforce, these underrepresented communities are a young, growing demographic, which means that these disparities, if not addressed, will have an even greater impact in the future.
There are numerous efforts underway across the Twin Cities that seek to address these disparities. From engagement and organizaing to policy and systems change, Twin Cities’ organizations, institutions and agencies are working to ensure the Twin Cities is a region in which members of all racial, ethnic and income groups live and work in places of choice, have access to living wage jobs, and are equitably benefiting from local and regional opportunities. As one of the fastest growing regions in the Midwest, Nexus and its allies are working to ensure that growth and development decisions increase prosperity and create access to opportuniteis for everyone across our region.