The Charlotte Business INClusion office, which promotes diverse economic development throughout North Carolina’s largest city, applied for a spot in the New York City-based nonprofit Living Cities’ accelerator focusing on inclusive economic opportunity through procurement. “We know that diverse and equitable communities tend to be more economically and civically vibrant and experience more growth,” said a Living Cities employee. The city plans to increase the procurement spend among minority-owned businesses and build partnerships with local corporations and anchor institutions. Other participating cities include Chicago; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tennessee; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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