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Diverse and Equitable Development in Urban Districts

September 26, 2023





Date & Time:

Tuesday, September 26, 2023.

5:30pm - 7:30pm



Neighborhood Innovation Center

3207 Meramec Street

St. Louis, MO 63118



Equitable development in your community begins with you! This workshop will help you define what equitable development means for your community or organization or as a small business owner. We will share proven strategies, solutions, and tools that can empower small businesses, property owners, and entrepreneurs. Helping to support and supercharge an untapped economic ecosystem can be a key part of the revitalization of neighborhood commercial corridors.


Jermaine Ruffin, Senior Vice President of Neighborhoods with Invest Detroit will share ways to create local wealth through property ownership, avoid the pitfalls of gentrification, and small development tools/resources.  Jermaine was the Associate Director of Equitable Planning and Legislative Affairs and Director of Development with the City of Detroit.  He also hosts a podcast called The Streets are Planning and teaches Changemaking in Cities at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.  





Jermaine Ruffin, Senior Vice President of Neighborhoods with Invest Detroit 

Jermaine R. Ruffin is currently the Senior Vice President of Neighborhoods with Invest Detroit, a community development financial institution (CDFI). Jermaine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University-James Madison College and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan-Taubman College. Jermaine has held various positions in the fields of community and economic development. Most recently, he was the Associate Director for Equitable Planning and Legislative Affairs (planning & development) and prior to that, was the Director of Development-West (housing & revitalization) with the City of Detroit. Jermaine is also the host of the Streets are Planning podcast and teaches changemaking in cities at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.


Missouri Main Street Connection and The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Grant Entrepreneurial Series:

October 18 – Local Partners and Resources Supporting St. Louis Entrepreneurs 

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No charge to attend. Costs are sponsored by a grant from The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. 

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