Resources for an Inclusive and Equitable Economic Recovery

As we continue to feel the full effects from COVID-19 to people, places, and businesses, recovery will be a long journey.   We will continue to share resources and thoughts that may be of interest and value, and here are a few for this week: 

“Learning the ways of inclusion is part and parcel of becoming an authentic leader. You can’t have one without the other. Leadership without inclusion is oppression under a different guise. Inclusive leadership is how privilege can be used for good, and how power dynamics can shift from oppressive to free and equal.”

  • Kennedy Smith, with The Institute for Local Self Reliance, developed this great resource on ways that local governments can support their small businesses during the continued pandemic and this period of economic uncertainty.  Kennedy is a nationally known expert on commercial district and downtown revitalization and worked for a number of years here in Virginia.

“Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.”


  • The Economic Development Administration developed to provide resources and best practice information for public and private stakeholders who are seeking to rebuild their local economies after an economic disruption, whether a natural disaster or man-made crisis.