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.
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
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)