Over the past two years, FOCUS has engaged in a bottom-up approach to understand where we are and where we want to be in the future as our region experiences unprecedented growth. Listening to residents throughout the region, again and again, we heard their aspirations to reach their full potential and contribute to the growth and vitality of their communities. As a region, we must set in place the policy and planning framework to provide these opportunities.
The FOCUS effort is led by a diverse team of community stakeholders working to find solutions to the region’s challenges. We believe that developing a shared understanding about how we can leverage the region’s demographic transformation to secure a prosperous future for all is a critical first step.
That is why we partnered with PolicyLink and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) to produce this Equitable Growth Profile. It provides an excellent starting point for understanding the challenges and opportunities of our region’s shifting demographics and the extent to which our region’s diverse communities can access the resources and opportunities they need to participate and prosper. We hope that this profile is widely used by public, private, and community leaders working to create a stronger, more just, and more resilient region.