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Washington, DC, has prospered in the last decade and a half, attracting many new residents, businesses, and investments. But for residents living in neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River (a part of the city many refer to simply as “east of the river”), the story has been different. In this context, the City First Foundation, an affiliate of City First Bank of DC, convened the Equitable Economic Development East of the River conference in November of 2015 to address how DC can bring more of its newfound prosperity to neighborhoods east of the river in a way that equally benefits current and new residents. LEARN MORERead More
The Great Recession and housing crisis erased approximately half of Black and Latino households’ wealth, while Asians suffered the largest absolute loss in wealth. LEARN MORERead More
In the November 29 version of this feature, we explained that our racial equity focus was limited to Washington, DC’s, black and Hispanic residents because reliable data estimates are not available for Asians, American Indians, or other races and ethnicities. LEARN MORERead More
From May 4 -6, 2017, DC Ideas Fest took over the historic Carnegie Library – the future home of DC’s next Apple Store. For four days, the building filled with influencers, activists, creators and innovators, all seeking solutions to the challenges all 21st century cities face now but with a specific focus on DC. LEARN MORERead More
The goal of this report is to highlight emerging opportunities to create wealth in under-served communities through small business expansion. The report develops a fresh way of looking at the economic requirements of low-wealth communities across the nation. LEARN MORERead More
Minority-owned employer firms in the United States increased by approximately 4.9 percent in 2015 to 996,248 from 949,318 in 2014, according to findings from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs. LEARN MORERead More
Early investment in kids could pay off. LEARN MORERead More
The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington is the region’s only locally-focused guide to giving and volunteering. We believe in the power of small nonprofits to spark big change. LEARN MORERead More
The booming and increasingly dynamic D.C. economy is leaving the city’s longtime black residents behind, according to a study released Thursday that examines African American employment, population and housing trends in the nation’s capital. READ MORERead More

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