According to the US Census for the period between 2006 and 2010, the average jobless rate in Indianapolis’ urban core was 17% compared to 10% in Marion County. The median household income was $29,000 compared to $43,000 in the county, and the poverty rate was more than double at 27.5%.
When unemployment is high, people spend less, basic needs go unmet, local businesses suffer, and crime increases. Core urban neighborhoods are usually hit the hardest when jobs are hard to find. Raymond Flynn, former Mayor of Boston, was fond of saying that the only real social policy is a job.
Join Buckingham Companies, Indiana Humanities, and LISC to discuss the challenges to employment in our core neighborhoods, successful strategies to overcome those challenges, and opportunities for future success.
Our panelists are:
Brooke Huntington, President and CEO, EmployIndy
Dean Johns, Director, Financial Foundations, John H. Boner Community Center
Steven L. Jones, Executive Director, Talent Management, Diversity & MH/UH HR Leader, IU Health
Gregg Keesling, President, RecycleForce
Opening Comments: Bradley B. Chambers, President, Buckingham Companies
Moderator: Erika Smith, Columnist, The Indianapolis Star
Come. Listen. Question.
Space is limited. RSVP to Shawn Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 317.396-0588 x. 19 by Thursday, August 9.