Bolstering Inclusive Economic Growth for Small and Mid-Sized Cities
NGIN launched the SMC hub with dedicated resources to drive inclusive economic development, advance racial equity, and reduce health inequities in Small and Mid-Sized Cities (SMCs). “Our commitment to supporting healthy communities is rooted in equity. NGIN has the expertise and track record in promoting economic and community development partnerships to seek bold and lasting change to advance health and racial equity. We are thrilled to fund NGIN on this important initiative and its powerful coalition of local economic and community development partners,” said Abbey Cofsky, Managing Director, Programs, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Unlocking Inclusive Growth in Small and Mid-Sized Cities
Hear from James Hardy, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Yolanda Meraz, Chief Strategy Officer, Stanislaus Equity Partner, Christopher Tyson, President, National Community Stabilization and Samia Singleton, Community Redevelopment Agency Manager for City of Kissimmee, Florida on how to unlock inclusive growth in SMCs with a focus on centering equity in economic development strategies, advancing inclusive outcomes in the community, and centering community voice in the process.
Inclusive Capital in Small and Midsize Cities
Through generous funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NGIN undertook a practitioner-led exploration to identify what is holding back investments that advance inclusive growth in small and midsize cities and recommend approaches to overcome these capital barriers. These insights build on the earlier report: Commitment, Capacity and Capital.
Commitment, Capacity & Capital
Uplifting racial equity in small and midsize cities (defined as population 50,000 – 500,000) cannot be an endeavor of just a few individuals or organizations. Undoing decades of systemic racism and embedding new policies and structures that prevent harm in the future requires cross-sector collaboration between development professionals, city and community leaders, businesses, and myriad other stakeholders.
Through generous funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NGIN built a practitioner-led exploration of why the fields of community development and economic development struggle to collaborate and whether uniting these two practices might elevate community voice and uplift racial equity in small and midsize cities.
NGIN presented its interim findings and hosted a virtual event in April 2021 with panelists Kuma Roberts (Tulsa), Charles Wood (Chattanooga) & Rachel Bridenstine (Akron)