The City of Danville has been selected to join an initiative led by the National League of Cities and commit to increase economic inclusion and resilience for communities of color.
As part of the Southern Cities Economic Inclusion initiative, Danville joins 15 other cities in the Southeast to receive up to $30,000 in grant funding and opportunities to learn from national experts and other cities.
“Since becoming mayor nearly four years ago, I have continually stressed the importance of partnerships if we are to prosper as a city,” Mayor Alonzo Jones said. “Today, I am so excited to begin a new partnership — one that will guide us in our efforts to create a community that works for everyone. Through this partnership, we will build the frameworks and plant the seeds necessary for a city we all deserve.”
Economic inclusion strategies involve the intentional engagement by cities to implement policies and programs that expand the participation of businesses and residents of color in the economy. The initiative is a joint venture between National League of Cities (NLC) and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
“Every day we learn more about the pandemic’s devastating toll on cities and how it has 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.”
Other cities selected to participate in the 20-month project include: Baton Rouge, La; Birmingham, Ala.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; College Park, Ga.; 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.
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/