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David Dodson Keynotes Step Up Savannah Annual Meeting

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:06 -- admin

Last Friday, MDC President David Dodson gave a keynote address to more than 100 attendees at the 10th anniversary breakfast meeting of Step Up Savannah, a poverty-reduction organization based in Savannah, Ga.

"Mobility is a powerful answer to poverty," said Dodson, advocating that communities in the American South "turn small pockets of opportunity into an infrastructure of opportunity to promote mobility, success, and opportunity." 

MDC President David Dodson Featured Op-Ed in Raleigh News & Observer

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 16:00 -- admin

"We've been told over and over that with diligence and hard work, anyone in America can be successful," writes MDC President David Dodson in an op-ed published today in the News & Observer, "In fact, Raleigh and the rest of the Triangle are among the hardest places in the nation for young people at the bottom of the income ladder to move up."

Fact is, it is more difficult in the American South than anywhere else in the nation for someone born into the bottom of the income ladder to make it up the ladder later in life. 

Northeast Mississippi: The State of the Region

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:11 -- tbrantley

WTVA-TV, Tupelo-Columbus, Miss (May 28, 2015)--A large crowd packed the BancorpSouth Conference Center, with the goal of improving Northeast Mississippi.

"We want to pull together as one Mississippi. Working together to create economic opportunities. More jobs better jobs and enable Mississippians to have a higher quality of life," said the CREATE Foundation's Commission Chairman, Glenn McCullough, Jr.

Where You Live Matters: Concentrated wealth affects mobility

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 14:14 -- tbrantley

Facing South (March 4, 2015) -- Concentrated poverty has powerful consequences, especially in those areas with weak transportation infrastructure. Our region has historically under-invested in public transportation, and rapidly growing Southern cities are some of the most difficult for low-income people to move around in affordably.

The Old Hurdle in the New South: Race, class divides persist despite economic recovery

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 18:45 -- tbrantley

The Baton Rouge Advocate (January 13, 2015)--The MDC report noted that national scholars studying these issues found that even in Raleigh-Durham, a boom town in North Carolina, children who grew up in low-income families fare poorly. Racial but also class divisions should be on the agenda of opportunity, not just the increase in building permits or technology companies. We cannot afford a failure to imagine a future of wider prosperity.

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