As we move into a time of recession instead of growth, how do we come together to put inclusion at the heart of economic recovery? NGIN hosted a three-part Virtual Roundtable Series on Building an Inclusive Economic Recovery.
Economic, business and non-profit leaders met on March 31, 2020 for a virtual Roundtable Discussion to discuss how do we ensure that diverse entrepreneurs – people of color and women – have the support and resources they need to survive the economic shock and thrive in the post-COVID-19 economy. We had presentations from Lyneir Richardson, Executive Director of CUEED at Rutgers Business School, Cathy Belk, President of Jumpstart, Inc. and Marcus Shaw, CEO of Co.Lab Incubator in Chattanooga, TN.
Economic, business and non-profit leaders met for a virtual NGIN Roundtable on April 7, 2020 to discuss planning economic recovery at the city and regional level. We had presentations from Kansas City, MO, Baltimore, MD, Miami, FL and Akron, OH and our conversation proposed 5 emerging principles to build an regionally inclusive post-COVID-19 economy.
In our third roundtable, our focus was on the availability of capital to support an inclusive economic recovery. We had contributions from Tim Ferguson, Founder and Chairman of Next Street, Maurice Jones, CEO & President of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Erika Seth Davies, Founder of Racial Equity Asset Lab and Anika Goss, Executive Director of Detroit Future City.