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Wealth Building in Northeast Ohio's Communities of Color

Thursday, February 22, 2018
8:30am - 2:00pm
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University
1717 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
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About this Event

This symposium brought together notable national and local scholars and practitioners in the field of asset building and community economic development for the start of an ongoing dialogue on wealth building.

Welcome Message from Dean Roland Anglin

Thank you for participating in this important discussion. Wealth building, asset development, and economic development are umbrella terms for expanding the capacity of individuals and communities to generate savings that can be turned into investment capital. Such investment capacity can be defined broadly. The ability to invest in post-secondary education, purchase a vehicle to get to a job, start a small business, or purchase property, is a result of savings or possessing enough credit worthiness to secure a loan.  All can produce income and savings that results in added wealth. It goes without saying that expanding wealth can lead to any number of things, including laying the groundwork for a stable democracy. Wealth building is a critical, necessary path out of individual poverty, and a path toward promoting community advancement.

The symposium discussion began by establishing the national and local challenges and best practices to wealth building. The last portion of the symposium was devoted to hearing our attendees’ voices and suggestions for designing paths to wealth building. We do not expect to have all the answers to a very complex question. What we hope to do is spark a great discussion while laying the groundwork for continued, intentional conversations.

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