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Fri, Jul 25, 2014
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Transit Equity: A Platform for Growth and Economic Prosperity

Friday, July 25th
8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Junior League of Raleigh
Light breakfast will be served ($5)

Sponsored by the Budget & Tax Center and WakeUP Wake County

Keynote Speaker: Sarita Turner, Senior Associate, PolicyLink

Panelists:  Karen Rindge, Executive Director of WakeUP Wake County
Tazra Mitchell, Policy Analyst, NC Budget and Tax Center
Corey Branch, Board Member, Raleigh Transit Authority

As counties in the Triangle move forward with plans to expand transit options and enhance mobility, please join us for a discussion about the importance of incorporating equity components into transit planning. By prioritizing and committing to equitable development, lawmakers can ensure that the benefits of transit investments are broadly shared so low- and moderate-income residents will not be left behind as new opportunities enter the Triangle.  Transit investments can be a powerful force for social and economic equity if lawmakers choose to protect residents from displacement and enhance connectivity by coordinating transit, housing, and jobs policies. The result: strong, affordable, and accessible communities. 

There will be also be a photo display at the event of The Mobile Voice Project (MVP), which seeks to empower individuals to develop strategies to improve their day-to-day mobility through a process of participatory photo documentation, critical discussion, and self-advocacy efforts. MVP originated as an ongoing research partnership between North Carolina State University and the Women’s Center of Wake County to improve the mobility of homeless women in Raleigh, NC. MVP partnerships continue to grow to include other community stakeholders in the hope of engaging many diverse groups in promoting positive change related to mobility in our community.

Sarita Turner has over 20 years of experience working in the non-profit sector bringing attention and resources to causes that address the impacts of institutionalized racism and the disinvestment of people and neighborhoods. Under Sarita’s leadership, significant infrastructure investments, business improvement district pilots, arts in community development and resident/law enforcement partnerships have effectively been brought to disinvested neighborhoods and communities. Now living in Oakland, CA, Sarita serves in the role of Senior Associate at PolicyLink, a national, equity-focused, research and policy advocacy organization. In her role with PolicyLink, Sarita works on the development and implementation of equity-focused national and local policies in partnership with the constituents of the Sustainable Communities Initiative and other federal and local projects.
Karen Rindge is the Executive Director of WakeUP Wake County, a non-profit citizens’ organization promoting good growth solutions in Wake County and the Triangle. Since 2006, she has led the development and advocacy of the WakeUP organization, serving first as Chair. She also serves as convener of the Capital Area Friends of Transit, an alliance of organizations, leaders, and citizens working for a regional transit system. Formally, Rindge was a legislative representative and grassroots organizer for both Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the National Wildlife Federation in Washington DC, advocating for international reproductive health assistance.

Corey D. Branch is a Raleigh, NC native who is committed to bringing technologically and socially sound solutions to the City of Oaks.  He holds an Electrical Engineering degree from NCA&T and has been employed with AT&T for 14 years.  He serves as a member of the Raleigh Wake Citizens Association (RWCA), a member of the Board of Directors for Wake Up, Wake County, and as a member of the Raleigh Transit Authority on the Marketing Committee.  Corey hopes, through his committed involvement, to promote sustainable communities and advance the quality of life for all people. 

Tazra Mitchell joined the Budget & Tax Center, a project of the NC Justice Center, in August 2011. Prior to joining the NC Justice Center, Tazra served as an Intern and Legislative Assistant in the Office of State Representative Becky Carney. She also worked as a Research Assistant in the non-partisan Fiscal Research Division of the NC General Assembly where she worked directly with budget writers to develop the state General Fund budget and analyzed legislative proposals to determine the fiscal impact on state government resources. Tazra’s policy interests include fiscal and economic policy, and her work at the Budget and Tax Center focuses on analysis of the state budget, poverty, and communities of opportunity with an eye toward low-income people. 

Event Location

Junior League of Raleigh
711 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh,  27603