Mission

We strongly believe that urban areas of New Jersey hold remarkable potential to act as regionally competitive economic engines while providing their residents with resilient, vital, and attractive communities. We identify, analyze, and address the underlying causes of social and economic disparities and challenge the barriers that constrain cities and their residents from achieving their full potential.

The Institute focuses on: 

• Expanding access to economic opportunity for low-income and minority residents of Newark and other urban areas in the state.
• Promoting local, regional, and state government that is effective, equitable, and accountable to the concerns of urban residents and their communities.
• Ensuring the civil rights and other equal opportunities of minorities and low-income individuals in New Jersey.

The Institute advances this non-partisan agenda through policy-related research and analysis, development and implementation of model programs, advocacy efforts (including litigation when appropriate) and sustained public education.