Hearing on Targeted Policies to Expand Local Economic Opportunities for Underserved Communities

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 12:00pm
2167 Rayburn House Office Building

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WASHINGTON – On Wednesday May 11, 2022, at 12pm ET, the U.S. House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth – Chaired by Rep. Jim Himes (CT-04) – hosted a hearing, “Bringing Prosperity to Left-Behind Communities: Using Targeted Place-based Development to Expand Economic Opportunity.” Select Committee Members and policy experts had an opportunity to examine how wealth disparities in local economies have increased – including in rural towns, industrial centers and urban neighborhoods– and how targeted, place-based initiatives can restore local economies and bring jobs to economically vulnerable regions.


  • Chairman Jim Himes (CT-04)
  • Ranking Member Congressman Bryan Steil (WI-01)
  • Select Committee Members
  • Dr. Tim Bartik, Senior Economist, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research Co-Director, Upjohn Institute’s “Place-Based” Research Initiative  (Written Statement)
  • Mr. Jay Williams, President and CEO of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, former Assistant Secretary of the US Economic Development Administration, former Mayor of Youngstown, Ohio  (Written Statement)
  • Dr. Tracy Hadden Loh, Fellow, Brookings Metro, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking  (Written Statement)
  • Ms. Cheryal Hills, Executive Director of Region Five Development Commission, National Association of Development Organizations [NADO]  (Written Statement)
  • Mr. Levon Johnson, President and CEO, Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce  (Written Statement)

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