Equity and Economic Development: Charting the Course for an Equitable Recovery

Time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Date: March 15, 2022

Location: Liberty Salons MNOP


• Learn more about how to promote entrepreneurship and small business development in ways that reduce income inequality.
• Find out how ARPA funds can support aid to small businesses in distressed communities.
• Learn now the U.S. Economic Development Administration and NLC are working together to help communities promote an equitable recovery.

Local policies and programs supporting economic development, entrepreneurship, and small business ownership are also tools for advancing racial equity and reducing income inequality in your community. In this workshop, participants will learn how federal programs funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) are helping local governments advance their economic development goals in ways that produce more equitable outcomes. The session will focus on programs from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the U.S. Small Business Administration. On the agenda: how the Final Rule for ARPA’s State and Local Recovery Fund (SLRF) program makes it even easier to target aid to small businesses in distressed communities and help local entrepreneurs with access to credit.


  • Phil Berkaw Program Director for the City Inclusive Entrepreneurship (CIE) Program - National League of Cities
  • Antwaun Griffin Chief of Staff - Small Business Administration
  • Frankie Clogston Ph.D. Vice President, Knowledge Management and Development - International Economic Development Council
  • Michele Chang Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy - U.S. Economic Development Administration