To transform our poorest communities, we must rebuild and improve their infrastructure. This in turn will create career and life changing opportunities for those who live in these communities.
Rebuilding infrastructure is just the start. We must also focus on creating long-term economic viability. This can be achieved by offering businesses incentives to operate in these cities and by providing local residents with opportunities for affordable housing or a pathway to homeownership.
A self-sustaining community is one that affords its members the opportunity to build enough margin to allow for discretionary income. Tax incentives will turn borrowers into savers and investors, while allowing businesses to create jobs and further contribute to the local economy.