Publication Date

January 2009

Author(s)

Jess Dorrance, Lucy Gorham

Client/Funder

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, C.S. Mott Foundation, N.C. Council on Developmental Disabilities, CFED

Center experts provide research and policy analysis support for a N.C. Assets Alliance report outlining a vision for building a statewide “prosperity grid” that creates jobs and helps all residents build financial security.

A two-year effort by the North Carolina Assets Alliance, formed in 2006, sets forth a vision for the state to build a prosperity grid that can create good jobs, provide opportunities to create and build savings and protect assets.

The alliance recommends that policymakers:

  • Strengthen connections to work and income—providing a living income standard, benefits and work supports makes it possible for households to set aside money to save and build assets.
  • Generate savings and assets—saving, investing and building assets over time are facilitated by government, supported by private institutions—financial institutions and employers—and engage all North Carolinians.
  • Protect prosperity—Protecting accumulated savings and assets ensures connections to prosperity can continue to flourish.