Episode 1

Published on:

24th Jan 2023

Supporting Human Infrastructure in Cities with Dr. Robert Blaine

In this discussion, host David Ponraj talks with Dr. Robert Blaine, Sr. Executive and Director of the Institute for Youth, Education and Families at National League of Cities (NLC) and the CAO for the City of Jackson, MS. Dr. Blaine reveals how the NLC is working tirelessly to bring economic inclusion to marginalized residents at a city level, to provide human infrastructure along with physical infrastructure. While necessary efforts are going toward safe roads, clean water and energy efficiency, they also focus on economic dignity for all residents including access to good schools, resources for health and wellness, and financial empowerment tools.

The National League of Cities, in partnership with the federal government and several notable nonprofits, are offering FREE programs to any city that needs financial help and guidance to improve their human and physical infrastructure. They provide various grants, along with 4-month programs that will ensure the grant money is used strategically and will create a positive impact. There are new opportunities to apply for programs that address challenges like clean water, safe roads, energy efficiency, broadband access, and factory revitalization. Every four months, a new group of programs launches, so check back often.

To find out more about the various programs, grants, and to apply, visit localinfrastructure.org

Learn more about NLC at https://www.nlc.org/

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Breaking Down Barriers
A Podcast About Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development
This podcast explores the opportunity to build wealth in local, regional, and national economies through entrepreneurship-led economic development. Episodes feature changemakers with innovative approaches to empowering people to start businesses that create wealth for their families and improve outcomes for their communities. Conversations highlight work being done in communities across the US to break down barriers to entrepreneurial opportunity in underserved and underrepresented communities. In this series, we share authentic stories about the impact that entrepreneurship-led economic development has on the local economy and connect a global network of passionate economic developers. Find out more at economicimpactcatalyst.com/impact