Following a Luncheon Kick-Off by Donna Brazile and framing of this robust discussion by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, moderator Richard Taylor was joined by Bev ScottBeverly Scott Associates/IYAI+,  Kenn Turner, Massachusetts Port Authority,  and Corey Allen, Suffolk Construction  to discuss the intersections of diversity/inclusion, infrastructure planning, and new business opportunities.   Each of the panel participants brought unique perspectives on innovative approaches to addressing persistent needs and inequalities related to American infrastructure, achieving an inclusive economy; and the utilization of innovative inclusive procurement strategies   – including workforce development, contracting opportunities for minority-owned businesses, and the expansion of infrastructure to include good jobs creation and retention, affordable housing, and equitable local transit.   

This afternoon session and the following discussion, “The Business of the Black Church” with participants Rev. Dr. Emmett G. Price, III, Rev. Liz Walker, Pastor Matt Thompson, Rev. Art J. Gordon, and Rev. Willie Bodrick was sponsored by the City of Boston, Resilience Office.

The BECMA Business Expo, November 1-2nd, 2019, was organized by Segun Idowu, Executive Director, Black Economic Council of Massachusetts and the BECMA Board of Directors.  The mission of the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, Inc. (BECMA) is to advance the economic well-being of Black businesses, organizations that serve the Black community and Black residents of Massachusetts.  BECMA is a member of US Black Chambers, Inc.