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Boston city council hearing on equity in city procurement and purchasing
We were invited by Boston City Councilor-at-Large Michelle Wu and Councilor Kim Janey to testify at the May 2, 2019 hearing on equity in city contracting. A recent report by the city showed less tan 1% of city spending went to businesses of color. We were able to share feedback from members on the procurement process and other recommendations for achieving equity. Find more materials here.
opportunity knocks: opportunity zones and their impact
On Tax Day 2019, we partnered with Boston Ujima Project and LISC Boston to host a neighborhood conversation on opportunity zones and their potential impact on the city of Boston. The purpose of the event was to bring all stakeholders to the table between two Boston Opportunity Zones located in Roxbury and Dorchester. Check out each of the presentations here.
second annual solutions series
We followed up on our first series at the Fed with a second discussion in February 2019 at Roxbury Community College. Our discussion featured 4 groups of industry leaders. Each presented ways they are addressing the capacity of Black-owned businesses and diversity at all levels of their business. Check out each of their presentations.
Solutions to Address Race and Income Inequality
In February 2018, we hosted a solutions-oriented forum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston featuring 7 key political and business leaders. Each discussed ways they impacted the push to expand access to opportunities for minority-owned businesses across the state. Check out each of their presentations to discover how best you can model their practices in your own industry or area of expertise.