Board Chair Emerita, Senator Bettye Davis
President Emeritus, Louie Overstreet, Ph.D., P.E.
The Economic Committee implements local efforts and supports programs to preserve and expand economic empowerment among Black people and other communities of color by:
- researching and establishing relationships with private and public entities that support the work of the Alaska Black Caucus; and,
- monitors the progress and activity of private and public entities designated by private and governmental programs; and,
- implement local efforts to promote the growth of business ownership for increasing employment and job creation; and,
- encouraging business development and home ownership.
When one looks at economic development in today’s USA, the picture of economic disparities and economic inequalities leads the list for Black Americans and other POC (People of Colour).
In brief, equal access to available opportunities and developing a ‘level playing field’ on which ALL of America’s Peoples could compete and thrive, equally, seems never to have been part of the ‘mainstream agenda’ for America’s growth and development – especially if it is to include giving ‘due consideration’ to non-White residents.
The ABC’s Economic Development Committee will address most of its time, energy and resources to looking at what it is that needs to be done, in the here and now’ to advance and protect the interest and efforts of Black entrepreneurs. And, in spite of the extra weight of oppression, denial and obstacles to success that currently exist and/are placed in our paths, survive and thrive and keep on pushing, until we too, reach the higher goal of achieving ALL that our individual and collective actions, initiative and Constitutionally promised efforts can afford us!