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.
Launch of the Report
Through generous funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NGIN built a practitioner-led exploration of why community development and economic development practices struggle to collaborate and whether pulling together these two practices might elevate community voice and uplift racial equity.
NGIN presented its interim findings and hosted a virtual event in April 2021 with panelists Kuma Roberts (Tulsa), Charles Wood (Chattanooga) & Rachel Bridenstine (Akron)