This Policy Brief describes the Flint Clean Economy Project, a collaborative effort involving the City of Flint and the nongovernmental organizations authoring this report. The project’s goal is to demonstrate the potential for clean economic development as a strategy for creating good jobs, fighting poverty, and revitalizing manufacturing in Flint, Michigan.
Promising preliminary nationwide results. This Policy Brief reports on the results of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City’s preliminary analysis of job growth in the nation’s 100 largest inner city areas. The findings suggest that green jobs have grown much faster in inner city areas than other types of jobs. We develop two measures to analyze green job growth. Our preliminary findings suggest that green jobs in the inner city experienced growth in the range of six percent to twelve percent from 1997 to 2008. In contrast, overall inner city jobs grew by only 1.3 percent over the same time period. (See the body of this document for the full discussion of these results and data limitations.) Despite some qualifications regarding measures of green jobs, these preliminary results are encouraging. The results suggest that green jobs are growing faster in inner city jobs than other types of jobs.