Please join ACS for a brief update and highlights of the 2018 Self Sufficiency Indicators Report, followed by an overview of the Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Task Force's recommendations. Join in round table discussions to begin prioritizing and mapping out possible strategies for those recommendations that Howard County can and should act upon. After the meeting, stay and enjoy the premier of Food Wagon Wednesday at the NonProfit Collaborative, a fundraiser benefiting ACS and Bridges to Housing Stability.
The EOPTF report and its recommendations were presented to the Howard County Council and County Administration in December 2018. The resident-led Task Force was tasked with developing recommendations to economic prosperity pathways for individuals, businesses, and organizations in Howard County. Council Resolution 119-2017 (CR 119-2017)21 was adopted unanimously by the Council on October 2, 2017, to achieve that goal.
In CR 119-2017, the Council recognized systemic barriers to prosperity:
● The basic cost of living in the County is outpacing the increase in wages for a substantial portion of the population.
● Many programs and policies exist in government, the business community, and in the nonprofit sector that might be stronger if better connected.
● Better outcomes could be achieved if based on intentional and comprehensive collaboration between business, government, and community-based organizations.
Further, the Council noted that workforce development, business sector growth, housing, transportation, and education (including job skills training, apprenticeships, and internships), are a few of the many critical areas that enable individuals to obtain higher paying, more fulfilling, and longer-term jobs. Being intentional about building a more skilled and stable workforce for local employers also makes Howard County a more attractive place to start and locate a business.
The Council envisioned a roadmap coming from the EOPTF leading to a better economic future for both businesses and individuals. It asked for a level of thinking to create short-term and long- term actionable recommendations for the Council. On the premise that the Council acting alone is not enough to resolve problems that require resources from multiple sectors, the recommendations include County Administration, County agencies, and organizations outside local government.