The South is a region of deep challenges, yet immense opportunity. Born from a legacy of slavery, the South became the cradle of Civil Rights. Despite a persistence of poverty, it has produced history-making innovators and entrepreneurs. Enduring a history of environmental degradation, it developed a culture of stewardship. We are a land of contrasts, a land where progress is possible.
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TOGETHER, PROGRESS IS POSSIBLE

The Southern Economic Advancement Project (SEAP) partners with policy thinkers and doers to amplify their efforts and bridge gaps in policy infrastructure. We act as a connector, convener, and policy entrepreneur across issues and states, translating good ideas to the Southern context. Our goal is to advance policies that improve economic security, healthcare access, and environmental justice for all Southerners.

The South has the capacity for great innovation.

Confronting structural racism and implicit bias?

Louisville is part of a national pilot on racial equity.

Universal basic income?

A Mississippi nonprofit has an experiment going on right now.

Tuition-free college?

Yep, Tennessee community college system has it.

Testing economic mobility strategies for youth?

New Orleans is on it.

Leading on criminal justice reform and re-entry strategies

CHECK.

Universal Pre-K?

A Georgia governor showed what’s possible. Florida voters stepped up when leaders wouldn’t.
Household income of adults
who were raised in low-income families

Together, we can answer the South’s deep challenges

It is common for children born into poverty in the South to stay in poverty. That’s not the case everywhere in America, and should not be a norm in the South.
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9 million

Uninsured Southeners

1.6 million

African American children in poverty in the South

$16 billion

Federal dollars left on the table each year because Southern states fail to expand Medicaid

1.8 million

Southerners in prison/jail or on probation/parole

$16 billion

Federal dollars left on the table each year because Southern states fail to expand Medicaid

11.7 Million Southerners in Poverty

Highest infant and maternal mortality rate in the U.S.

SEAP —
bridge,
translator,
partner

SEAP — bridge, translator, partner

SEAP conducts and supports innovative research. We translate good ideas to the Southern context.

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