Piedmont Together will host “Building Bridges to a Stronger Economy” on Thursday, December 4th. The equity summit will present the Piedmont Triad Regional Equitable Growth Profile developed by summit partner PolicyLink. This event is a continuation of the poverty summit hosted by Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan in September 2014.
Inequality works against economic growth and prosperity by hindering the ability of all residents to participate in a region’s economic vitality. This summit is a call to action to address poverty in the Piedmont Triad in an effort to create an equitable region for all residents regardless of race, ethnicity, nativity, neighborhood of residence, or other demographic characteristics. Greater economic and racial inclusion fosters greater economic mobility, and more robust and sustained growth.
The summit brings together a variety of hosts and partners that will address these equity issues. Hosts for the event include Mayor of Burlington Ronnie Wall, Mayor of Greensboro Nancy Vaughan, Mayor of Lexington Newell Clark, Mayor of Winston-Salem Allen Joines, the National Conference on Community and Justice, and United Way of Greater Greensboro. The summit will include a panel discussion in addition to a keynote address by Dr. Michael McAfee of PolicyLink. Following the presentations, attendees will participate in developing job, housing, transportation, and education strategies for the Piedmont Triad through the formation of Equity Action Teams. These teams will develop strategic actions that will be addressed over the next four months and reported on at a follow-up summit on April 2, 2015 in Winston-Salem.
“Building Bridges Toward a Stronger Economy” will take place on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 9:30AM until 2:30PM at the Clarion Hotel located at 415 S. Swing Road, Greensboro. The registration fee is $15 and includes lunch. Registration will be capped at 200 persons.