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Buy Back the Block
Buy Back the Block

Wed, Mar 22


Brooklyn Center Community Center

Buy Back the Block

ACER hosts a panel series to discuss strategies to build wealth in Black communities. Featuring: Economist Dr. Bruce Corrie, HC Commissioner Jeffrey Lunde, Business & Commercial Real Estate Manager at PIPCLT Felicia Perry, and Independent Consultant for NonProfits & Small Businesses Isabel Chanslor.

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Time & Location

Mar 22, 2023, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Brooklyn Center Community Center, 6301 Shingle Creek Pkwy, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

About the event

In their January 2023 report, "Five Ways City Leaders Can Support Black Entrepreneurs' efforts to ‘buy back the block’," the Brookings Institute, concludes local ownership of commercial real estate is a critical tool for supporting Black entrepreneurs and small business owners in retaining, growing, and scaling their businesses. They identify its importance in giving residents more control over the trajectory of neighborhood development. They affirm that policymakers across all levels of government play an important role in facilitating local ownership of commercial real estate. Leaders should listen to their community's small business owners to understand what supports are most urgently needed in order to build generational Black wealth.

In this series, keynote speaker Dr. Bruce Corrie, Professor of Economics, joins panelists  HC Commissioner Jeffrey Lunde, Business and Commercial Real Estate Manager at PIPCLT Felicia Perry,  and Independent Consultant for NonProfits and Small Businesses Isabel Chanslor to discuss the current projects, opportunities, and urgent actions that are needed in our communities to address this issue.

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