February 1, 2021
iHOPEInc. will be holding a United to Reduce Poverty – Virtual Forum on February 12, from 10 AM – 12 Noon, cohosted by iHOPE, the South City Foundation, and numerous City and County Commissioners (9 of 12 so far). The agenda will include discussion of establishing a Poverty Reduction Goal throughout Leon County, and some collaborative approaches to achieving the goal. Below is a link to my Op-Ed published in the Tallahassee Democrat that describes the purpose of the Forum.
The confirmed and anticipated speakers include:
- Florida Chamber Foundation, Prosperity Initiative – Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist & Director of Research (confirmed)
- Prosperity Broward – Joe Hovancak, Executive Director Six Pillars Broward (confirmed)
- Tamarack Institute, Vibrant Communities Program – Elle Richards, Manager of Cities Reducing Poverty (confirmed)
- Central Iowa OpportUNITY Vibrant Communities Program – Luke Lynch, Executive Director (confirmed)
- South City Foundation/Purpose Built Community, Prosperity 32301 – Senator Loranne Ausley (confirmed)
- Tallahassee Community College, Prosperity 32304 – President Jim Murdaugh or Provost Calandra Stringer (invited)
The Commissioners and numerous Community Sector Leaders will be panelists, along with public chat/questions. We anticipate lively comments, questions and discussion.