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A strong economy is the engine that fuels all other elements of a healthy community. A strong regional economy requires support for people and businesses, and access to education, training and resources.



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Support education and training for low-income adults
Improve financial stability for individuals
Increase access to resources for underserved businesses
Foundation for Seattle Community Colleges »The Foundation for Seattle Community Colleges promotes the advancement of education by providing support to the largest community college district in the state.
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Hopelink »Hopelink provides a full array of critical social services through dozens of different programs, including housing, transportation, case management, financial assistance, employment programs, adult education and literacy training.
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Washington Community Action Network Education & Research Fnd »Washington CAN! is a statewide, grassroots lobbying organization. With over 35,000 members, we are the largest consumer advocacy group in the state. We work on a range of issues with the broad aim of bringing about greater economic and social justice.
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Food Systems in Communities
The Seattle Foundation has been working with our colleagues at JPMorgan Chase to examine food systems in communities through an economic development lens.
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Building Businesses, Income and Self-confidence
Washington CASH helps hundreds of individuals build businesses, income and self-confidence each year through a constellation of services including business development courses, microloans, technical assistance, mentoring and access to computer labs. These services enable low-income women, people with disabilities, new immigrants and refugees to start or expand on their self-employment ventures.
64% of King County jobs don't pay enough for a family of four with one wage earner.
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The Economic Contribution of Seattle Community Colleges
A recent economic impact study shows that the Seattle Community Colleges play a major role in the region's economy, creating a total impact in King County of $1.1 billion a year.
Low-Skill Workers' Access to Quality Green Jobs
This brief discusses strategies for improving access to green jobs among those with low skill levels, particularly jobs that can help improve workers’ economic standing and better support their families.
Great Recession Hit Hard at America's Working Poor
According to this December 2010 report, there were more than 10 million low-income working families in the United States in 2009, an increase of nearly a quarter million from the previous year.
Creating 21st Century Jobs: Increasing Employment and Wages for American Workers in a Changing World
Today's workers face labor market challengs made worse by a risky fiscal situation. It is now imperative that leaders at the federal and state levels take bold actions to better position American workers for success in a 21st century economy.
Banking on Wealth
This study conducts a comprehensive review of the location of all basic retail financial services firms to determine their accessibility to low- and moderate-income consumers.

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