This pillar came out of public input for LRTP: Sustainable Choices 2040 that focused on the 2008 economic downturn and the changing nature of employment and the impacts on mobility, social services, income disparity, home ownership, neighborhood health, and more. This pillar builds on MAP-21 factor number one, which aims to “support the economic vitality of the metropolitan area, especially by enabling global competitiveness, productivity, and efficiency.” By including the qualifier “resilient,” this pillar represents community desires to facilitate the ability of the regional economy to continue to support a high quality of life in the face of larger market forces by supporting existing and emerging local and global business development, continuing to invest in forward-looking infrastructure like fiber connectivity, establishing strong inter-regional transportation options like bullet trains, and promoting inter-municipal coordination. This pillar also includes community concerns regarding supporting and growing a diverse workforce. It is important to establish quality education, training, and employment opportunities for a wide range of interests, ages, ethnicities, and skill levels to foster a diverse and dynamic workforce now and in the future. Learn more about the National, State, and local LRTP goals for resilient economy.
Following performance measures were developed to help CUUATS staff track the changing nature of community economy and its impact in the urbanized area.