Reconnect to Economic Opportunity


Reports and Findings

Forum Information:

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Omni Charlotte Hotel
132 E. Trade Street Charlotte, NC 28202

The potential for workers to advance themselves economically over the course of their work lives is the foundation of what has traditionally been referred to as the “American Dream,” but not everyone has the same opportunities to advance. The October 15, 2019 Emerging Issues Forum, ReCONNECT to Economic Opportunity, will focus on promoting one aspect of mobility: connecting people to higher-paying jobs. We will examine ways to connect adult workers to information about sustainable-wage employment, identify accessible education opportunities and promote programs that remove non-academic barriers to, and provide support for, postsecondary education.

Today, a strong consensus exists that a principal pathway to improved earnings lies in some combination of additional education beyond a high school diploma and higher skill levels. Wages are largely driven by education attainment, and obtaining a postsecondary degree or credential is a credible pathway to career-based economic opportunity.

Omni Charlotte Hotel

Centrally located in the heart of Charlotte’s walkable Uptown financial district and less than 10 miles from Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, the Omni Charlotte hotel offers the perfect destination for business and leisure travel. Linked to 12 city blocks via a sky bridge, the Omni Charlotte hotel is moments from Discovery Place, Charlotte Convention Center and the Epicentre Entertainment District.