Project Description

Featured Speaker: Bruce Katz, Nowak Metro Finance Lab

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on small businesses across the globe. In the U.S. alone, millions have shuttered, many will not survive. The pandemic has also dealt significant blows to higher education. Post COVID-19 our main streets and entire economic ecosystems will be in a state of recovery. With only so many resources available, how do we balance the recovery of our institutions while addressing economic inclusion and recovery for all?

Join Bruce Katz for a conversation on the intersection of economic recovery and structural and systemic inequities of Black and Brown communities, entrepreneurs, and businesses. Learn about practices, programs, and policies our urban and metropolitan universities can employ to make lasting, equitable change—on campus and in our communities. Andy Berke, Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, will join Bruce for this critical conversation.

Bruce Katz is the founding director of the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University in Philadelphia. The Lab was founded in 2018 to help cities identify and implement innovative strategies to leverage public assets and fund public infrastructure for public benefit, with a focus on supporting inclusive and equitable growth.

Previously he served as inaugural Centennial Scholar at Brookings Institution and as vice president and director of Brooking’s Metropolitan Policy Program for 20 years. He is coauthor of The Metropolitan Revolution and The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism.

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