Assessing demographic and economic trends in order to prescribe policy that leads to prosperity for the urban disadvantaged.
This article makes the case for such an age-focused economic development strategy.
Dr. Jim Johnson, Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center, speaks at Columbus Metropolitan Club on 'The Browning and Graying of America.'
North Carolina’s 65 and older population is growing almost twice as fast as the total population, increasing by close to a half million since 2000.
The aging of the world’s population will transform all of our social, economic, and political institutions. Ideas and innovations are urgently needed to help seniors age successfully.

Recent Publications

Aging as an Engine of Innovation, Business Development, and Employment Growth

July 01, 2018

Older adults will drive U.S. population growth over the next quarter century. Aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business enterprises that recognize the propitious opportunity to drive innovation by creating products and services that promote successful aging and create age-friendly communities can potentially shape U.S. economic and employment growth in the foreseeable future. More

Do Business Ecosystems See Color?

June 13, 2018

This article describes an American community survey and a survey of business owners of which the data are merged to assess the experiences of minority- versus white-owned small businesses between 2007 and 2012. This is highlighted due to it being a period encompassing the worst economic downturn since The Great Depression. White firms declined while minority firms grew rapidly. Despite recent efforts to create inclusive entrepreneurial and business ecosystems, however, minority business owners made little progress toward achieving equity or parity with white business owners. Policy prescriptions and implications for future research are discussed. More

A Dream Deferred

April 01, 2018

Conquering these youth challenges will get us a little closer to realizing Dr. King’s dream. More

The Black Elderly: A Call to Action

March 01, 2018

In this paper, we develop a sociodemographic profile of the most vulnerable African American older adult households. To do so, we draw data from the 2011–15 American Community Survey, which contains linked housing and person records for a 5 percent sample of U.S. population. This dataset literally allows us to peer inside of African American older adult households and in the process identify the major barriers or obstacles to aging in place. More