About The Policy
One Fairfax is a framework—or “lens”—that will be used to consider equity in decision-making and in the development and delivery of future policies, program and services. It will help county and school leaders to look intentionally, comprehensively and systematically at barriers that may be creating gaps in opportunity.
- Shared definitions.
- Focus areas.
- Processes and organizational structure.
The policy identifies 17 areas of focus to promote equity including community and economic development, housing, education, environment, and transportation.
Equity Benefits Everyone
One Fairfax recognizes equity is also an economic imperative.
Economic research shows that counties with greater social and racial inclusion have:
- Stronger and longer periods of economic growth.
- Faster per capita income growth.
- Increased wages as adults for children who grew up in lower—and higher—income families.
Research institutes PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at the University of Southern California studied the economic impact of inequity in Fairfax County. It found that the county’s gross domestic product would have been $26.2 billion higher in 2012 if its racial gaps in income were closed.
For us to compete in the global economy, it is vital to help people reach their highest level of personal achievement. Not only does it create greater economic security for families, but also it generates increased business revenues and jobs.
For this reason, our strategic plan to expand and diversify the economy calls for driving growth through equity, among its key strategies.
Contact Karla Bruce with Department of Neighborhood and Community Services at 703-324-5360, TTY 711.
Visit the Fairfax County Public Schools One Fairfax webpage.