Earlier today, Secretary Donovan traveled to Detroit to participate in the plenary portion of PolicyLink’s 2011 Equity Summit. Entitled, “America’s Tomorrow: Equity as the Superior Growth Model,” the discussion examined the country’s shifting demographics; specifically the notion that people of color will soon become the majority of the population. A national research and action institute, PolicyLink connects the work of people on the ground to creating sustainable communities.
Moderated by PolicyLink founder and CEO, Angela Glover Blackwell, the panel also included Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone; Joan Walsh, Editor-at-Large of Salon.com; Antonio Gonzalez, President of the William C. Velasquez Institute and Manuel Pastor, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.
Secretary Donovan addressed the administration’s continued efforts to restore the housing market and economy. He highlighted the more than one million people that the President’s Recovery Act saved from homelessness and the nearly seven million Americans it lifted out of poverty in 2010. The Secretary also discussed the Creating Pathways to Opportunity report and President Obama’s American Jobs Act, namely its call for investment in our nation’s infrastructure, job training and opportunities and tax cuts for small businesses.
PolicyLink’s summit will be take place from November 8- 11 in Detroit. More information can be found here.