Building A More Equitable Economy For Businesses, Workers, And Communities: A Conversation With Deputy Secretary Of Commerce Don Graves
12 Jan 2022
Covid-19 ravaged our economy and American businesses, workers, and communities are still working to recover. The crisis also further highlighted long standing inequities in our society, but also presents a key opportunity to build back better than before. Just last week, President Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, and negotiations are ongoing in Congress to pass the Build Back Better Act. And as the government begins to implement these historic pieces of legislation (let’s not forget the American Rescue Plan), equity and inclusive economic growth must be front and center.
The U.S. Department of Commerce, with agency partners and several nonprofit partners, recently hosted the Interagency Equitable Economic Growth Convening. This event, which focuses on equity, entrepreneurship, and working families could not come at a more appropriate time. A number of exciting announcements were made including one by the Families and Workers Fund who announced a $25 million commitment to advance good jobs.“Today is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to advance jobs that not only sustain families and workers, but also uplift them and spur greater opportunity for all – especially those who have been most locked out of that opportunity,” said Rachel Korberg who leads the Families and Workers Fund.