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Take Action Against Racism in Economic Development Webinar Series

In response to the race and justice movement currently enveloping the United States, IEDC is hosting the new Take Action Against Racism in Economic Development webinar series. This set of webinars will delve into matters ranging from exploring the issue of race disparity in the pandemic response, business success and entrepreneurship to examining the revitalization of the Over- the-Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio, after the city exploded in protests and civil unrest in 2001, after an unarmed 19-year old African-American man was shot and killed by a city police officer.


The Great Reset #3: Race and The Role of Economic Development to Foster Equity

Tuesday, August 11th | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm ET

We are living through truly unprecedented times during which social, race and health issues are converging in a way that has everyone’s attention. How do we make sure that we come out on the other side of these combined issues better than where we started? In this IEDC supported third installment of the Great Reset webinar series, we will explore the issue of race disparity in the pandemic response, business success and entrepreneurship. More specifically, our panelists will delve deeper into the role of economic development professionals in creating social equity, opportunity and dismantling racism.


Race and Economic Development: Beginning America’s Next Story - An Interview with Angela Glover Blackwell of PolicyLink and Tracye McDaniel of TIP Strategies

Wednesday, August 26th | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Join Tracye McDaniel, president of TIP Strategies and past chair of the International Economic Development Council, and Angela Glover Blackwell, founder of PolicyLink, in a candid conversation about the state of our economy and the pandemic’s devastating impact on communities of color. Tracye and Angela will also explore what can be learned from the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, and how we can build more equitable local economies.


Cities and Businesses of Color: A Guide to Economic Growth

Monday, September 14th | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

In this current climate of racial reckoning, cities and local governments are searching for ways to usher in equitable sustainable economic development; and one vital way is through growing businesses of color. In this webinar, Rodrick Miller, Chief Executive Officer of Invest Puerto Rico and author of “Cities and Businesses of Color: A Guide to Economic Growth,” will offer real strategies and tips for cities to grow businesses of color. Mr. Miller will use his book as a guide to delve into these strategies and tips that include using Public-Private-Partnerships innovatively and having cities themselves be part of the solution to long-term economic growth.



COVID-19 Metro Recovery Watch: A Framework for a Racially Inclusive Recovery

Monday, September 28th | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program’s COVID-19 Metro Recovery Watch is aimed at informing local and state recovery strategies from COVID-19’s historic economic impacts in ways that link near-term resilience to longer-term economic transformation, racial equity, and economic inclusion. This webinar will offer promising recovery responses for local and state leaders to generate a racially inclusive recovery by supporting job creation and quality business growth, advancing job preparation and wage gains, and investing in vibrant, connected communities.



The Economic Revitalization of the Over-the-Rhine Community: A Balanced Perspective

Monday, October 19th | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

The historic Over-the-Rhine (OTR) neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio, experienced an urban economic revitalization after the city exploded in protests and civil unrest in 2001, after the shooting of a 19-year old unarmed African-American, Timothy Thomas, by a Cincinnati police officer. What did it take to make OTR’s economic revitalization successful? This webinar will address this question with a balanced perspective of key players in OTR’s revitalization. These players include: Darrin M. Redus, Sr., Vice President/Executive Director Minority Business Accelerator with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber; Rita L. Williams, Director, Economic Development and Amber David, Economic Development Manager with Kroger; Mary Burke Rivers, Executive Director of OTR Community Housing; and Joe Rudemiller, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, of Center City Development Corporation (3CDC).



The Allocation of Economic Development Resources: Closing the Equity Capital Gap for Businesses of Color

Wednesday, November 4th | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

There are historically inequitable lending practices within the field of economic development that disproportionately affect businesses of color. This webinar will take a closer look at mechanisms that can be used to adjust lending requirements for more inclusive allocation; thus, helping to close the equity capital gap.



The Historically Black College and University: A Way Forward to a Stronger Minority Economy

Monday, November 23 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

There are 101 Historically Black College and University (HBCUs) across the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These institutions play a critical role in the economic mobility of its students, as studies show that while HBCUs enroll more low-income students than traditional institutions, nearly 70 percent of HBCU students end up with at least middle-class incomes. This webinar will explore this critical role of HBCUs and their potential to be a way forward to a stronger economy for minorities.




The Elected Official View: Economic Development as a Viable Tool for an Inclusive Economy

Monday, December 14 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

In today’s racial justice climate, there has been a rallying cry for an inclusive economy. There are many players involved in bringing to fruition a truly inclusive economy, ranging from government to the corporate sector to the non-profit arena. This webinar, however, will explore the player of the elected official, with their all-important role of providing their communities with a stable and productive economic base. This webinar will get the viewpoints of former Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, Jane Campbell; former Mayor of Youngstown, Ohio, Jay Williams; Miami Dade County Commissioner Oliver G. Gilbert, III; and Assemblywoman for District 18 New York, Taylor Darling, on how economic development as a tool, can help them to be informed and strategic decision-makers who connect the right policy dots to help push their communities and ultimately the country, towards an inclusive economy.




Lifting Underserved Populations: A Look at Award-Winning Equity Programs

Tuesday, January 19 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Diversity, equity, and inclusion programs are becoming an integral part of economic development objectives to create more prosperous and vibrant communities. These programs promote equitable access for all populations, explore inclusive models that utilize loan funds, technical assistance, and more. This webinar will showcase award-winning programs that promote economic equity and inclusion or provide increased access to government and community resources to underserved groups.




The Minority Woman Entrepreneur: The Economic Gender Gap

Monday, February 1 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

The fastest-growing segment of start-up companies are woman-owned businesses; additionally, businesses owned by Black women have a larger share of Black-owned businesses than White women have in White-owned businesses. Even with this achievement, there is still a long way to go to reach gender equality in business – particularly in entrepreneurship – as there continues to be a gender gap in venture financing, particularly amongst women of color. This webinar will delve into a candid discussion on this economic gender gap that minority women entrepreneurs face, which will result in best practices to help close the gap.




Supporting Minority Business Enterprise Supply and Procurement Chains

Tuesday, February 16 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Racial injustice and social inequity coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic have dealt devastating blows to minority business enterprises, or MBEs, which account for more than eight million firms and nearly $1.4 trillion in revenues. During these times, there is an urgent need to support the minority business community, and advocating for supplier diversity and economic inclusion is key to this support. This webinar will explore what this assistance looks like to generate equality and economic inclusion for MBE’s.




Creating Generational Wealth Within Communities of Color

Wednesday, March 17 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Wealth is the measure of an individual’s or family’s financial net worth. In the United States, wealth is unequally distributed by race – particularly between White and Black households. African-American families have a fraction of the wealth of White families, which leaves Blacks more economically insecure and with far fewer opportunities for economic mobility. This webinar will delve into centuries of racism and structural inequalities that foster the unequal distribution of wealth; we will pose solutions to create greater generational wealth for African-Americans and other communities of color.




The Geography of Inequality: How Place Plays a Key Role in Economic Disparity and Disadvantage

Monday, March 29 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

From infrastructure and services to grocery stores, where you live plays a key role in how you live. For low and moderate income communities, particularly those of color, investments in these critical areas have not kept pace with more affluent places, at best, and at worst, they have been specifically excluded. Bridging the gap between economic equity and opportunity must include bold and decisive action to improve the places disadvantaged peoples live and work. Our discussion will include leading voices in the work of bringing economic equity and opportunity to every corner and cul de sac.