Building Black Development | American Black Journal and Bridge Detroit Virtual Town Hall
Join American Black Journal and BridgeDetroit March 22 at 12 p.m. for a town hall on Black real estate development
The real estate development industry is dealing with a representation crisis. According to a new study from the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and Grove Impact, minority developers — Black and Hispanic — make up less than 1% of the entire real estate industry. African Americans make up 0.4% of the industry, while Hispanic developers represent only 0.16% of the industry.
These findings point to the constraints many minority developers face trying to enter the industry. In the majority-African American populated city of Detroit, where does the state of Black real estate development stand?
Join “American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson Wednesday, March 15 at 12 p.m. ET for a virtual town hall on Black real estate development in Detroit. Henderson will examine the challenges residents and developers face at every stage of the process — from the onset through completion.
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The town hall panelists will examine the barriers for Black real estate developers entering the industry, the lack of access to capital, the gender-based barriers of being a woman in a male-dominated industry, the fluctuating supply chain around material costs and availability, the impact of inflation, and the shortage of workers that’s been revealed and exacerbated by the pandemic.
The town hall will be broken up into three panels:
- Black Women Developers
- Neighborhood Developers
- Solutions for Financing in Development
Plus, panelists will discuss some of the solutions that are helping to build up and support Black development in the city, and the benefits that could come from greater diversity in real estate development. By fixing the representation crisis, closing the revenue gap and leveling revenue cliffs for Black and Hispanic developers, The ICIC study estimates that would create more than $106 billion in new revenue each year for the industry as well as create 1.7 million new jobs.
Livestream this virtual town hall right here at the top of this page, on American Black Journal’s Facebook page, or on Detroit Public TV’s YouTube.
Sonya Mays, President & CEO, Develop Detroit
Jason Headen, Vice President of Detroit Market, CHN Housing Partners
Richard Hosey, Owner, Hosey Development
Roderick Hardamon, CEO, URGE Development Group & Urge Imprint
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Watch American Black Journal on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56.