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Economy

The Capital area is poised to join in the global knowledge economy for which knowledge and innovation are key requirements. Therefore, economy is understood in a holistic manner that appreciates how dynamic business climates enhance personal and collective livelihoods. This Infancy to Innovation area of interest includes the multiplicity of topics that warrant attention when aiming to positively impact a community’s economic well-being.

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The following are the community-identified goals that help children, youth, and young adults succeed in the global knowledge economy:

Young Children

  • Improve the safety, economic security, and quality of life for young children and their families by advocating for more safe and affordable housing, more effective transportation systems, etc.

Youth

  • Develop strategies to expose youth to employment, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.

Young Adults

  • Create economic development strategies that cultivate and promote the cultural assets of the region.

Supportive factors are the key resilience factors known through research that mitigate risk factors and promote healthy development for young children, youth, and adults.

The following are exemplary factors that support children, youth, and young adults to succeed in the global knowledge economy:

Young Children

  • Growing up in families with adequate financial resources to support young children's development of the skills and abilities needed to reach their potential and actively participate in the global knowledge economy.

Youth

  • Limit setting (discipline), structure (rules and routines), and positive expectations are key supportive factors that help youth grow up with the skills and abilities to actively participate in the global knowledge economy.

Young Adults

  • Achieving interpersonal competencies for the workplace helps young adults obtain the skills and abilities to actively participate in the global knowledge economy.

The following are areas that our community should invest in to better prepare our children, youth, and young adults in the global knowledge economy:

Young Children

  • Invest in affordable, quality child care in a broad range of settings from friends, relatives, and neighbors to licensed child care as a work force development strategy.

Youth

  • Invest in neighborhood centered youth development efforts.
  • Invest in business/youth partnerships that prepare youth to succeed.

Young Adults

  • Implementing recommendations of LEAP's cultural and economic development plan.
  • Invest in cultural innovation.

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