Local Government Leadership for Economic Mobility and Opportunity

ICMA offers a series of learning and training opportunities on boosting upward mobility in local communities. Previous sessions are available with additional resources below. Check back here for information on future offerings and registration.

Data Resources

Mobility Metrics

Data for U.S. cities and counties on evidence-based predictors of mobility from poverty

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Opportunity Insights

Research and data to identify and dismantle barriers to economic opportunity

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Best Practices for Optimizing Data to Advance Economic Mobility

Do you have data that uncovers key barriers to economic mobility in your community, but need an impactful way to translate that data to a wider audience? To help you bring your data to life, this course dives into the basics of data and information visualization, covering various ways to visualize data and make it more palatable- through charts, maps, graphs, infographics, and combinations of these options.

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Beyond the Data: Charting a Path to Economic Opportunity Through Storytelling

What story of your community does your data tell? Is it a story of a community where everyone thrives, or maybe one where disparities in housing, education, and job opportunities persist? This course will foster better understanding of how to harness data to tell stories about the realities of your community in a way that meets audiences where they are, gives them the information they need (and nothing they don't!), and inspires them to take actionable steps with the information being presented.

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Planning Guidance
Strategy and Case Study Examples

Thriving Communities: Federal Funding for Economic Mobility and and Resilient Communities

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act are massive federal investments in new and existing programs designed to advance transformational change toward a more sustainable, equitable, and resilient future. This webinar will provide information on forthcoming federal funding opportunities from various departments and agencies that support local community priorities including increased economic mobility and opportunity. Further, viewers will learn about useful strategies to successfully position their communities for funding in 2024, including ideas for developing resource roadmaps to meet each community's specific needs. You can view this webinar through our ICMA Learning Lab.