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What Role can Workforce Housing and Workforce Development Play in Bridging the Economic Divide?

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Expanding Opportunity, a Central Texas Regional Summit, brings together leaders from across the five county Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos Metropolitan Area to explore how we can do a better job of improving access to economic opportunity for individuals and families in the region.

What can be done to improve access to housing opportunities for working individuals and families?

Rapidly rising housing costs are making it more difficult for working individuals and families to find housing that is affordable to them. Expanding access to workforce housing at a variety of income levels will make it possible for a greater number of individuals and families to strike a more appropriate balance between housing costs and other household needs.

What are we doing to prepare people who live here for the region’s good-paying jobs?

There exists an imbalance between the skills people have and the skills employers need. With an unemployment rate of less than 4%, employers have challenges finding workers and are often forced to recruit from outside the area to fill the best-paying jobs.

How we respond to these questions today will shape our community tomorrow!

An estimated two to two-and-a-half million additional people will be living in our five county region over the next 20 years. How we answer these questions today will have a big impact on what our region looks like in the future.

Summit Goals:

  • Create a clearer sense of shared challenges and opportunities

  • increase awareness of the interconnectedness of seemingly disparate efforts.

  • highlight collaborations already happening; and

  • foster new connections, ideas and actions to create an economically inclusive future for all people.

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