African American Leadership Forum

Economic Development Work Group

Economic Development Work Group

The Economic Development Workgroup (EDW) efforts have focused on transportation, housing, employment, and entrepreneurship.  It has assembled strong cross section of community and positional leaders that has influenced decisions at the state level to address job disparities through greater inclusion in state infrastructure projects, and greater training opportunities.

Work Group Chair:

Nerita Hughes:


  • Supporting the growth of AA owned businesses;
  • Eliminating the racial employment gap;
  • Develop wealth creation through home ownership, financial literacy, and economic stability

Economic Work Group Meetings

Monthly work group meetings on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

August 13th: Hallie Q. Brown Community Center

September: Wilder Foundation 

October: Hallie Q. Brown

November: Hallie Q. Brown

December: Wilder Foundation