New ‘Atlas’ of Mobility Shows How Kids from Different Charlotte Neighborhoods Have Done

The Charlotte Observer • Ann Doss Helms and Galvin Off - October 1, 2018

Harvard economics professor Raj Chetty, lead author of that study, which also included researchers from University of California at Berkeley, heads a new nonprofit group called Opportunity Insights, dedicated to figuring out what can break the generational chains of poverty and racism.

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Celebrating Our Community's Response

Leading on Opportunity

Our 2017 Opportunity Report provides a roadmap for improving social and economic mobility for all residents. Following our strategies, our community's public, private and nonprofit sectors are improving our children's future.

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Leading on Opportunity Launches Community Impact Alliance

March 2019 Convening and Opportunity Cafe

Nearly 70 Opportunity Ambassadors from around the region came together throughout the afternoon with a common goal of improving economic mobility in Charlotte, while gathered at the International House on Central Avenue.

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$70 Million for Affordable Housing in Charlotte

Charlotte Observer • Eli Portillo - January 15, 2019

Three major financial institutions are pledging more than $70 million to fund low-income housing developments in Charlotte, giving a boost to the city’s efforts to keep up with the fast-rising costs of renting or buying a home. Bank of America, Ally Financial and Barings said they will invest a combined $70.75 million through a series of initiatives. The bulk of it, $50 million, will be in the form of low-interest loans to private developers building income-restricted housing.

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Leading on Opportunity's Executive Director Reflects on Tradition

Creative Mornings CLT • Matt Olin - December 7, 2018

On Friday, December 7, 2018, hundreds of creative Charlotteans packed the halls of LaCa Projects – to explore the global theme of “Tradition.” As Executive Director of Leading on Opportunity, Dr. Cooper-Lewter’s talk is a timely and moving meditation on what it takes to create new Traditions that will lift up everyone in our community.

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Op-Ed: Why These Two Charlotte Leaders are Supporting the Affordable Housing Bonds

Charlotte Agenda • Michael Marsicano and Harold Rice, Jr. - November 1, 2018

Over the past week the difficulty in overcoming our city’s housing shortage, particularly for our most vulnerable citizens, has been in the spotlight.

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Leading on Opportunity Hires Community Impact Directors to Address Key Drivers of Economic Mobility

Charlotte Business Journal • Bank of America - October 19, 2018

Three community impact directors are now at work in Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Leading on Opportunity initiative. They are point people to make an economic mobility strategy into real-life results. Their experience adds pragmatic breadth and depth for this Charlotte-Mecklenburg challenge.

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New ‘Atlas’ of Mobility Shows How Kids from Different Charlotte Neighborhoods Have Done

The Charlotte Observer • Ann Doss Helms and Galvin Off - October 1, 2018

Harvard economics professor Raj Chetty, lead author of that study, which also included researchers from University of California at Berkeley, heads a new nonprofit group called Opportunity Insights, dedicated to figuring out what can break the generational chains of poverty and racism.

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Bank of America, Albemarle Corporation Commit $20 Million to Economic Mobility in Charlotte

Charlotte Business Journal • Caroline Hudson - September 27, 2018

Each company has pledged to donate $10 million to 17 nonprofits, which focus on early education, college and career readiness and a stable family life.

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Free Land and a $20 Million Dollar Pledge: Big New Plans for Affordable Housing in Charlotte

The Charlotte Observer • Ely Portillo - August 28, 2018

Charlotte’s efforts to build more affordable housing got a boost Monday, with the announcement of large donations from two local companies. Developer Crescent Communities is putting up land for affordable housing at a new mega-development in west Charlotte, while Wells Fargo pledged $20 million to groups that build housing and help homeowners with down payment assistance.

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