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Brookings Institution book sheds light on region’s new challenges

SOUTH KING COUNTY – Alan Berube, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of The Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program and co-author of “Confronting Suburban Poverty in America,” a new book featuring South King County communities, will be speaking at the South King Council of Human Services annual awards luncheon on Tuesday, June 25. Mr. Berube will be available to the media after the event.

According to the book, some of the most intense demographic and economic changes happening in America today are occurring in the King County communities south of Seattle. These transformations are featured in the book, along with The Road Map Project, a region-wide effort aimed at dramatically improving student achievement from cradle to college and career in South King County and South Seattle, as one solution to this growing challenge.

The book places South King County’s challenges in a national perspective while also emphasizing the assets that will help the region surmount those challenges.

Who:     Alan Berube, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of The Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program and co-author of the new book, “Confronting Suburban Poverty in America”

What:   South King Council of Human Services annual awards luncheon

Where: Emerald Downs
2300 Emerald Downs Drive
Auburn, WA 98001

When: Tuesday, June 25
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. South King Council of Human Services annual awards luncheon
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. media availability with Alan Berube

Why:     For decades, suburban communities added low-income residents at a faster pace than cities, so that suburbia is now home to more low-income residents than central cities, and over a third of the nation’s total low-income population. Yet the antipoverty infrastructure built over the past several decades does not fit this rapidly changing geography, according to the book.

  • More low-income people now live in suburbs than in big cities – 16.4 million people
  • Suburban poverty is growing at twice the rate of cities and rural areas, increasing 64 percent over 10 years
  • Current approaches to urban poverty do not work in the suburbs

Please RSVP to Kristin Johnson-Waggoner at kjohnson@ccedresults.org.

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About the Road Map Project
The Road Map Project is a region-wide effort aimed at dramatically improving student achievement from cradle to college and career in South King County and South Seattle. The project builds off the belief that collective effort is necessary to make large-scale change and has created a common goal and shared vision in order to facilitate coordinated action, both inside and outside schools. The Road Map Project is supported by the Community Center for Education Results. For more information, please visit roadmapproject.org