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Overview of Ladders of Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Transportation plays a critical role in connecting Americans and communities to economic opportunity.  Transportation infrastructure choices made at the Federal, state and local levels can strengthen communities, create pathways to jobs, and improve the quality of life for all Americans.  Ladders of Opportunities was created to develop and enhance initiatives, program guidance, tools and standards that empower transportation leaders, grantees and communities to revitalize, connect and create workforce opportunities that lift more Americans into the middle class. 

  • Click here to view our Ladders of Opportunities Fact Sheet.

The Every Place Counts: Leadership Academy was created as part of the Ladders of Opportunity Agenda to enhance the understanding of community members so that they can meaningfully participate in the transportation planning process. This will help ensure that community members are heard and projects aimed at revitalizing or creating new infrastructure connects and creates workforce opportunities, as well as access for all community members.

Please explore the Ladders of Opportunity web page to find out more about other Ladders of Opportunities activities and projects.