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It is 2035.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg has dramatically improved access to opportunities with an earnest effort that began one generation ago. The Queen City and its home county have climbed from the lowest rankings of the largest US communities for economic mobility to the top tier of American economic mobility.
People, families, companies and industries continue to choose Charlotte-Mecklenburg as a place to build a future because twenty years earlier, the community committed to broadening access to economic opportunity for all residents.
The sense of shared purpose unleashed by this focus drove progress on a range of challenges in education, housing, health and social issues in the community that have ultimately resulted in greater opportunity and mobility for many residents.
In 2015, the economic mobility challenges were surprising to many, given the strength of the economy. The reality may have been hard to accept. The underlying issues appeared difficult to address. Looking back, the positive impact of a focused, collaborative, sustained effort to boost access to economic opportunity has moved our community forward and contributed to the sustained growth and prosperity of the region.
A recent Spring 2035 update of economic mobility rankings shows that the Charlotte area is in the top 20 of American metropolitan areas for economic opportunity, giving hope to many that the American Dream is alive and well in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.
In 2035, what kind of community do you see?