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Develop This: Economic and Community Development

Oct 14, 2020

Tracye McDaniel and Jennifer Todd-Goynes with TIP Strategies join Dennis for continued discussion on equity and inclusion in this economic environment.  See below for expanded show notes.

TIP Strategies

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Why are traditional economic development models inadequate?

TRADITIONAL MODEL – Focus on the community’s overall economic recovery to benefit all residents

FUTURE-FOCUSED PRACTICE – Target recovery efforts to uniquely serve and benefit under-resourced populations

  • TRADITIONAL MODEL – General relief and recovery tools are open to all residents and businesses

FUTURE-FOCUSED PRACTICE – Actions and policies are designed with under-resourced populations at the center

  • TRADIONAL MODEL – Equity and inclusion is for community and workforce development partners

FUTURE-FOCUSED PRACTICE – Equity and inclusion is everyone’s responsibility and has economic benefits

How can economic development organizations and community leaders apply a focus on equity and inclusion?

Two relevant case studies –

Operationalize Equity and Inclusion

BEST PRACTICE:  Resilient Tulsa Action Plan

WHAT IS IT:  An action plan that integrates equity and inclusion across core economic, workforce, and community development functions


  • Provides specific goals and actions for the City of Tulsa and its partners to implement
  • Outlines roles and responsibilities across city departments and organizations (doesn’t treat equity and inclusion as a separate function)

 Expand Broadband Access

BEST PRACTICE:  San Antonio Digital Inclusion Plan

WHAT IS IT:  Cross-sector coalition of 30+ organizations working to close the digital divide for low-income residents


  • Broadband access is increasingly central to economic success and participation in the workforce
  • COVID-19 has highlighted the consequences of the digital divide for education and employment outcomes
  • The Digital Inclusion Alliance is working to incorporate digital inclusion strategies in the City’s ED Plan