Mayor Vi Lyles has a bold vision:
For Charlotte to set the standard as an American city for achieving racial equity, social justice, economic opportunity, and upward mobility through transformational public-private partnerships. The initiative strives to provide solutions-driven, measurable strategies that produce equitable access, opportunities, treatment and outcomes for Charlotte’s communities of color.
Focus Area 1
Bridge the Digital Divide
Create the Center for Digital Equity and provide devices, internet access, and digital literacy education in vulnerable communities.
Focus Area 2
Invest in Corridors of Opportunity
Improve access to employment, mobility options, housing, and daily services in six business and neighborhood corridors of opportunity.
Focus Area 3
Transform Johnson C. Smith University for the Future
Position JCSU as a top-tier, career-path-oriented HBCU by growing the university’s academic offerings, recruiting top talent through career-oriented incentives, and appointing a Transformation Leader that will champion positive change.
Focus Area 4
Catalyze Employer Commitment
Advance more Black and Brown leaders in C-suite positions and on boards, develop career paths for students and workforce development programs, and extend corporate policies for equity.
May 13, 2022
The Mayor’s Racial Equity Initiative announced a combined $3.7 million in new commitments to the communitywide public-private partnership seeking to advance racial equity in Charlotte. Pledges include $1.7 million from Barings, $1 million from Coca-Cola Consolidated and $1 million from Nucor Corporation.
November 1, 2021
A new $250 million communitywide public-private partnership to advance racial equity in Charlotte was announced Monday at a gathering of community members and civic leaders at Johnson C. Smith University.