While talent is equally distributed throughout America, opportunity is not. Tech innovation on the coasts may be booming, but outstanding ideas elsewhere often go unheard and undeveloped. Skilled workers in major cities are thriving, but non-college educated workers elsewhere are being left behind. We wish to increase America’s capacity to adjust to these tectonic shifts – in labor markets, in policy development, and in investment pathways. Prosperity, and competitiveness, will depend on our ability to both stabilize and expand the middle class.
The Alliance for the American Dream is a network of communities, each anchored by a public research university, that will provide access to capital and access to market for new ideas to support distressed communities locally. In its inaugural effort, the Alliance will challenge citizens in four communities to develop policy ideas or startup concepts that increase net income for 10,000 local, middle-class households by 10% by 2020, either by raising income or decreasing cost of living (e.g., in transportation, housing, utilities, food). Proposals that are interdisciplinary, grounded in AI/data science, and drawn from diverse sets of people will receive special consideration for future investment.
In the coming weeks, we will share more information about the initial network of communities that will comprise the Alliance and the exciting work they are undertaking. Stay tuned!