African Americans being discriminated against, impoverished, and killed disproportionately is deeply interconnected with the issue of economic development. It is the reason that the August 28, 1963 event that included Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s famous I Have A Dream speech was called the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom”. Because economic development is one of the central elements related to racial inequality in America. The profession of economic development must put itself within the center of creating solutions.
* Marva Bryan, CEcD; Accounting Manager, Development Authority of Fulton County
* JoAnn Crary, CEcD, FM, HLM; President, Saginaw Future
* Rodrick Miller, CEO, Invest Puerto Rico
* Courtney Pogue, CCIM, CEcD, CPM, MBA; Director, Office of Economic Development; City of Dallas
* Lyneir Richardson, Executive Director CUEED, Rutgers Business School
* Anatalio Ubalde, Founder & CEO, SizeUp
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