COVID-19 Equitable Relief & Recovery (October 5th, 2020)

Economists predict that COVID-19 will change the demography and economic geography of cities. How do we respond to cities that are experiencing a mass exodus of companies and professionals, potentially compromising their diversity, their tax base, and the availability of essential services from transit to public safety.

Please join us October 5th from 1:00 – 2:30pm ET for the final webinar in our series: “What will urban America look like after COVID-19?”

While no community has been spared by the current public health crisis, COVID-19 has taken a disproportionate toll on the physical and economic well-being of African-American and Latino communities in America’s cities. What do leaders in Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore, and Detroit see as the primary challenges and opportunities of this unprecedented moment? Where do we go from here?

Our featured guests include:
-Ryan Albright, Senior Planner/Project Manager, Civix (New Orleans)
-MarySue Barrett, President, Metropolitan Planning Council (Chicago)
-Tawanna Black, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Center for Economic Inclusion (Minneapolis)
-Anika Goss-Foster, Executive Director, Detroit Future City
-Doug Hooker, Executive Director, Atlanta Regional Commission
-Maria Rosario Jackson, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, The Kresge Foundation; Institute Professor, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts; and Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, Arizona State University
-Michael B. Kelly, Executive Director, Baltimore Metropolitan Council
-Michael Pagano, Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago

Webinars are open to all, allowing residents and local innovators to access the expertise and insights of national leaders, and will be made available on the New America COVID-19 YouTube playlist. The series will also be syndicated by The Indianapolis Recorder, one of America’s oldest Black newspapers.

Launched in 2015 by the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement, the Urban America Forward program convenes non-profit, private, public and philanthropic sector leaders, as well as urban researchers and social scientists who are committed to furthering equity in urban America.


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