Statement Reaffirming Our Commitment to Prosperity for All
As people across our community in the Charlotte Region grapple with what’s happening in our country, the CLT Alliance is reaffirming our commitment to lead on inclusive economic growth and prosperity for all.
The obstacles presented by the coronavirus pandemic have been further compounded by the indignity and lack of respect for life, setting into motion a spectrum of reactions from outrage and numbness, to devotion and prayer. The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery have struck a common chord among people across different races, cultures, and religions. What’s emerged is a broader collective calling for equity, inclusion and compassion.
Injustice and prosperity for all are incompatible. The CLT Alliance will give voice to economic inequity and promote access to opportunities that uplift people of all backgrounds across our region. We will hold ourselves accountable to ensure outcomes align with the change that’s needed. What you can expect from the CLT Alliance in the near term:
- Convene business, civic, government and community leaders in dialogue that creates space to understand and build trust
- Drive and support creative solutions that advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice for all
- Champion programs for opportunity youth1 to increase their economic mobility
- Share research and data analysis on racial and economic disparities with recommendations on how to foster more inclusive economic growth
- Instill a renewed lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion across our strategic pillars—Business, Marketing, Advocacy and Talent Insights—and in the work of the CLT Alliance Foundation
We affirm the value of every life, and we must do more to support our Black and Brown neighbors. As the pandemic and community and economic health crises continue to unfold, the CLT Alliance remains steadfast that our work remains important, now more than ever.
We stand together as one, united for all.
1 Young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither enrolled in school nor participating in the labor market, The Aspen Institute
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