There’s an old adage, “Where you live matters.” As fortunate as we are to live in the Richmond Region, we also know that there are zip codes and neighborhoods in the region where our children lack access to opportunity, and risk being left behind.
Addressing barriers strategically, at a systems level, is a critical component of any effort to grow an economy that works for everyone – regardless of their zip code, or their race or ethnicity. Our community has demonstrated a commitment to collaboration – to tackle the affordable housing gap, to establish integrated transportation solutions, and to provide children access to high quality educational experiences.
But there remains more work to be done, and lessons yet to learn.
During this final session in the series, we’ll hear from leaders who have grappled at a national level with racial and economic disparities, and are working to advance actions to improve economic outcomes – Tom Barkin, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and Dr. Raphael Bostic, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
This session (and the series) will conclude with three leaders who are actively working on local solutions to economic growth and mobility in our community. In addition to a few success stories, be prepared for a clear-eyed look at where our regional efforts may not be fully aligned with our values and aspirations, and how new approaches could create more opportunity for all Richmonders.
Melody Barnes, Director, Democracy Initiative at the UVA Miller School
Reggie Gordon, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, City of Richmond
Greta Harris, President and CEO, Better Housing Coalition
Click here for more information on the series and to register for individual sessions.