Over the last generation, our region has experienced sweeping change, much of it for the better. Job growth has accelerated, more residents feel optimistic about their future; and the tri-state area remains a global economic power. Yet this progress cannot be maintained if we do not address a number of fundamental challenges. Income inequality is growing, and our infrastructure is deteriorating. We are more vulnerable to natural disasters. And our government often fails to make the tough decisions to fix our most pressing problems. The Fourth Regional Plan offers long-term strategies and short-term actions to ensure that every resident can live in affordable, healthy communities and fulfill the promise of opportunity for all.