Remaking the Economy: NPQ comes to California’s Central Valley!
REMAKING THE ECONOMY IN FRESNO: COMMUNITY IN THE TIME OF COVID
Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 2:00 pm EST
When thinking of California, Fresno is rarely front of mind. But Fresno County, home to over 940,000 people and a national agricultural leader, is central to the US economy. Still, amidst the fertile Central Valley soil is tremendous racial and economic inequality in the majority people-of-color city. Fresno residents are working to change that. Recently, Fresno allocated $66 million in capital investment through participatory budgeting, the largest use of that process in US history.
As is true everywhere, the current pandemic has upended the Fresno community. On our webinar, webinar participants will discuss both the effects of the pandemic today, as well as how to advance more equitable, post-pandemic Fresno future.
We begin our visit to Fresno with an interview of Sabina Gonzalez-Eraña, program manager of Central/West Fresno City, for The California Endowment. We then turn to three distinguished individuals, who will talk about their work before, during, and what they envision after our current global health emergency.
- Veronica Garibay is cofounder and codirector of the Leadership Council for Justice & Accountability and a leading advocate for disadvantaged Fresno neighborhoods.
- Tara Lynn Gray is CEO of the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce where she seeks to support racial equity by building supports for black-owned businesses.
- Kiel Lopez Schmidt is Development Manager at UpHoldings, a Central Valley affordable housing developer.
This webinar will explore:
- How Fresno is responding to the global pandemic emergency.
- How community development financial institutions are supporting community-based development in Fresno and the Central Valley.
- How Fresno is addressing historic environmental racism.
- How participatory budgeting works and what was needed to engage the public in disadvantaged neighborhoods to plan the expenditure of $66 million.
- Fresno’s path to embedding racial justice in its regional economic plan and the anticipated challenges in implementation.
- How the Fresno community is organizing to build support for a healthier local food system in a region that has been dominated by commercial agriculture.
Whether you’re a nonprofit leader, board member, or engaged in community-based organizing, this webinar will provide you with real-life examples and lessons learned that can inform your work in your own community.