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.
Bridge the Digital Divide
Create the Center for Digital Equity and provide devices, internet access, and digital literacy education in vulnerable communities.
Invest in Corridors of Opportunity
Improve access to employment, mobility options, housing, and daily services in six business and neighborhood corridors of opportunity.
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.
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.
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.