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College Park to receive up to $30,000

The City of College Park Selected to Participate in a National League of Cities’ Project to Boost Economic Inclusion for Residents and Businesses
Posted on 02/23/2022
The City of College Park Selected to Participate in a National League of Cities’ Project to Boost Economic Inclusion for Residents and Businesses







For Immediate Release

February 23, 2022
Contact: Mahersala Howard, 
[email protected], (404) 305- 2041

NLC Contact: Ebone Clifton, [email protected], (202) 626-3153

The City of College Park Selected to Participate in a National League of Cities’

Project to Boost Economic Inclusion for Residents and Businesses

College Park Mayor Bianca Motley Broom is proud to join a new initiative led by the National League of Cities (NLC) and commit to increasing economic inclusion and resilience for communities of color. College Park joins fifteen other cities in the Southeast U.S. to receive up to $30,000 in grant funding and opportunities to learnfrom national experts and other cities.

The Southern Cities Economic Inclusion initiative is a partnership between NLC and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Other cities selected to participate in the 20-month projectinclude: Baton Rouge, La; Birmingham, Ala.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Danville, Va.;Jackson, Miss.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Mobile, Ala.; Montgomery, Ala.; New Orleans, La.;Nashville, Tenn.; Norfolk, Va.; Patterson, La.; Savannah, Ga.; Saint Petersburg, Fla.; and Tallahassee, Fla.

“I am deeply grateful to NLC, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta for this opportunity,” said Mayor Bianca Motley Broom. “Having the resources to create and implement strategies for economic inclusion will benefit our entire city and the region. I look forward to connecting with and learning from our peers across the Southeast so we can continue to build the community we deserve.”

Deep and persistent inequities in small business growth, access to jobs, and affordable housing are exacerbated by decades of structural racism and exclusionary practices and policies that have marginalized communities of color,particularly Black families, and businesses. Economic inclusion strategies the intentional engagement by communities to implement strategies that expand the participation of businesses and residents of color in the economy are shown to bethe superior growth model for communities because they harness untapped talent and economic potential. SCEI offers an opportunity for cities to invest funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and other federal sources in economic inclusion strategies toward a growth model that offers cities, their residents and businesses, greater economic prosperity.

“Every day we learn more about the pandemic’s devastating toll on cities and how ithas underscored systemic racial disparities,” said Dr Robert Blaine, Senior Executive Director of NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education and Families. “Intentional economic inclusion strategies are critical to building resiliency across our communities. There is an enormous opportunity for Southern cities to model and implement strategies that ensure equity and growth for BlPOC communities and businesses. Solutions for the south must be driven by cities in the south. NLC is committed to working alongside the SCEI cities to drive economic progress now andfor future generations.”

The Southern Cities for Economic Inclusion initiative runs from March 2022 through November 2023 and is generously supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation You can learn more at: https://www.nlc.org/initiative/southern-cities-economic-inclusion-scei-expanding- capacity-building-resilience/