We are excited to announce that Tarboro has been selected as a member of the International
City/County Management Association (ICMA)’s Economic Mobility and Opportunity (EMO)
Cohort! ICMA is a professional local government organization that provides leadership,
innovation, ethics, and management best practices to local government professionals across
the globe.
As a member of the cohort, Tarboro will receive a $30,000 grant to advance local activities
designed to boost upward mobility for our residents. Support to the International City/County
Management Association to make the work possible (comes from the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation’s Economic Mobility and Opportunity (EMO) program. Our efforts over the next
several months will focus on a study to identify specific needs and opportunities related to safe,
sustainable, affordable housing for our community and the surrounding region. Through the
data collected through the housing study, we seek to improve the living conditions of our most
vulnerable populations, providing our citizens with autonomy, independence, pride, and
ownership of the community in which they live.
In addition to supporting our local work, a team of officials and staff will have opportunities to
meet with our peers from local governments working on similar issues as well as technical
experts in this field. Through participation in this cohort, we look forward to learning more
about drivers of mobility and opportunity and what is working in terms to move the needle for
the security, health, and welfare of vulnerable residents in communities across the country.
We will share more about ways for community members to engage with this effort as the work
unfolds. For now, please join us in celebrating Tarboro as well as our local government peers
on taking this important step towards increased economic mobility for our residents:
1. City of Beloit, Wisconsin
2. Chesterfield County, Virginia
3. City of Dubuque, Iowa
4. El Paso County, Texas
5. City of Grand Island, Nebraska
6. City of Gresham, Oregon
7. City of Meadville, Pennsylvania
8. City of Morgan Hill, California
9. San Juan County, Utah
10. Town of Tarboro, North Carolina
For more information on the initiative, visit the ICMA website at icma.org/emo.