The City of Savannah is committed to doing its part to raise our residents out of poverty; prepare youth and adults to participate in the economy, and be self-sufficient; line our commercial corridors with viable, appropriate businesses and create a resilient, balanced economy for all.
The City will lead a multi-jurisdictional, integrated, multi-year initiative to lift Savannahians out of poverty and break the inter-generational cycle of poverty and crime:
I. By 2021, the poverty rate will be reduced by 1% every four years until Savannah’s poverty rate is at or below the state-wide level.
By 2025, there will be a 20% reduction in the number of Savannahians experiencing food insecurity.
4.2 COMMERCIAL CORRIDORS
By 2022, Savannah will complete an assessment of its commercial corridors.
4.3 SOFT SKILLS & WORK READINESS TRAINING FOR SAVANNAH YOUTH
By 2022, 50% of Savannah high school age youth will receive soft skills and work readiness training.
4.4 SOFT SKILLS & WORKFORCE TRAINING FOR UNEMPLOYED & UNDEREMPLOYED
By 2022, 15% of unemployed and underemployed Savannah adults will complete soft skills and workforce training.
4.5 EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE
By 2022, 25% of graduates from City and partner workforce training programs will secure employment in living wage jobs as calculated for a single individual.
4.6 RESILIENT DIVERSIFIED ECONOMY
By 2025, Savannah will have a resilient economy, diversified among the following (or new identified sectors): Military; Tourism; Manufacturing; Health; Education; Film; HighTech; Aerospace; Financial Services; Arts and Culture.