Author: Carlos E. Delgado

Why Workforce Development Matters for Mayors

For the past five years, NLC’s Center for City Solutions has analyzed mayors’ state of the cities speeches, which highlight the priorities mayors are focusing on. The 2018 State of Cities (SOTC) report has a sample of 160 mayoral speeches between January and April 2018 and includes cities of all population sizes and across geographic

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An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Baltimore

This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. Last week I sat down with Bill Cole, EED fellow from the city of Baltimore, Maryland, to discuss Baltimore’s participation in the program, the city’s focus on equity and the mayor’s vision for Park Heights, the city’s project area. Carlos Delgado: Thank you

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How Memphis Helps Minority- and Women-Owned Small Businesses Thrive

This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. In 2016 and 2017, as part of the Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship’s inaugural class, I had the pleasure of working with Mayor Strickland and the city of Memphis. NLC has been fortunate enough to continue collaborating with the mayor ever since, and

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An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Nashville

This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. Last week, during the Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship program closing retreat, I interviewed Ashford Hughes, Sr., EED fellow from the city of Nashville, Tennessee. Here, Ashford shares highlights from Nashville’s participation in the EED Fellowship — and his own experience

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An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Sacramento

This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. This week, I had the opportunity to interview Melissa Anguiano, economic development manager and Economic Development (EED) Fellow from the city of Sacramento, California. Carlos Delgado: Melissa, it’s always a pleasure talking to you. Thank you for taking the time to

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An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Phoenix

This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. This week, I had the opportunity to interview Albert Santana, Director of High Capacity Transit and one of the Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellows from the city of Phoenix, Arizona. Carlos Delgado: Albert, thank you so much for taking the time to share

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An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Austin

This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. This week, I had the opportunity to interview Councilmember Delia Garza — an NLC Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellow from Austin, Texas. Councilmember Garza is the first elected official to be part of a EED Fellowship team. Carlos Delgado: Councilmember Garza, thank you

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Why Equity Matters for Amazon’s HQ2 Search

This is a special CitiesSpeak feature by Carlos Delgado, senior associate for the Rose Center for Public Leadership, and Aliza R. Wasserman, senior associate with NLC’s Race, Equity, And Leadership (REAL) Initiative.  Since the announcement of the HQ2 shortlist, countless organizations and media outlets have examined both the stated criteria for Amazon’s decision and the outside

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In West Louisville, Kentucky, Investing in Equity and Inclusion

This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. Theresa Zawacki is the Senior Policy Advisor of Louisville Forward and member of the Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship team. Louisville Forward is an integrated approach to economic and community development. The agency combines business attraction, expansion and retention activities and talent and

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How Austin, Texas Got Equitable Economic Development Right

This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. Kevin Johns is the Economic Development Director for the City of Austin. This week I had the opportunity to talk to Kevin about Austin’s Einstein Challenge, an innovative program looking to lift out of poverty 40,000 children in the city. Carlos

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