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Thursday, June 23 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
The Power of Place-Based Investing: Economic Justice Through Innovation & Racial Equity 

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This interactive discussion features innovative business and financial leaders from Baltimore, Greensboro, and New York who are changing the way that capital works, moving away from a system that perpetuates inequality and toward place-based models of investing that build community wealth, create jobs, provide equitable access to opportunities, and transform neighborhoods through inclusive growth. Come away with concrete ideas for how you can implement similar models in your own community.

Forum Facilitators

Andre Robinson

André Robinson is a cultural organizer, producer, director and community activist who serves as executive director of Mt. Royal Community Development Corporation, primary sponsor Innovation Village – Baltimore.

Thurman White

Board of Directors, Progress Investment Management Company LLC
Child of God. Business and investor for social impact and MWBE inclusion and opportunity.
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Edward Whitfield

Ed Whitfeld is co-founder and co-managing director of the Fund for Democratic Communities (F4DC). A long time social justice activist, Ed had been involved in labor, community organizing and peace work since the late 60‘s when he was a student activist at Cornell University. He was the chairman of the Greensboro Redevelopment Commission for 9 years and formerly board chairman of Greensboro’s Triad Minority Development Corporation. In his work with F4DC, Ed helped initiate the formation of the Southern Grassroots Economies Project (SGEP) and their annual CoopEcon conferences aimed at networking and training among people interested in developing a cooperative new economy in the US South. He has visited and studied worker cooperative activities from the Evergreen Cooperatives of Cleveland, OH to the massive Mondragon Cooperatives Corporation in the Basque region of Spain. For Ed, helping people in communities engaged in meaningful, democratic, just, sustainable and productive activities is a key motivation., Fund for Democratic Communities
Ed Whitfield is a long time social justice activist who came through the late sixties black student movement to do labor, community and anti - war organizing in the South. In 2007, Ed Co-founded The Fund for Democratic Communities (F4DC) whose mission is to strengthen authentic democracy... Read More →

Thursday June 23, 2016 10:45am - 12:15pm EDT
Room 4A