For our second Woven Together Learning Series, which involves hearing from national experts around each of the Foundation’s five new priorities, we were excited to host Amy Liu, Vice President and Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. Amy and Brookings are working with the City of Birmingham on a set of strategies around building an inclusive economy.

Amy shared a powerful perspective on the necessity of intentional inclusion in building a more robust, competitive economy for the Birmingham region in the 21st century.  She provided an honest overview of Birmingham’s challenges around economic growth and opportunity (we rank near the bottom of the top 100 metros in the country) alongside a hopeful message about the potential for change through committed leadership and an emerging set of innovative strategies around economic inclusion.

If you weren’t able to attend, we have a video of  the conversation with Josh Carpenter and Amy Liu: