Economic Development Now! Learning Circle

African Community Housing & Development (ACHD) is inviting community members to participate in our Economic Development Now (E.D. Now) learning circle.

The learning circle will take participants through a learning journey rooted in racial equity in the economic development of King County’s Black communities. King County’s Black communities, including Black, refugees, and descendants of enslaved African people, are centered in this learning circle topics because of the unique history, displacement, and economic disenfranchisement of Black communities in this region. We will work together to deepen our knowledge of economic development, home ownership, and financial literacy in King County’s Black communities and put ideas and strategies into practice.

The learning circle curriculum will include:

  • Developing shared knowledge to close opportunity gaps for economic development in Black communities

  • Exploring individual and collective power

  • Learning about available tools and frameworks to embed racial equity in economic development in organizational structure and practices.

  • Connecting organizations to build collective impact in King County.

    Apply Now!

    Apply before September 5, 2019! Spaces are limited to sign up today!

    Please contact Hamdi Abdulle at if you have any questions about the application.

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Participant Stipends

Each organization can enroll one representative for this leadership development opportunity. Participants will receive a $100 stipend for each ED Now learning circle they participate in.

Location & Dates

The E.D. Now learning circle will be held at ACHD’s office in SeaTac: 16256 Military Rd S Suite 207, SeaTac, WA 98188.

Learning circles will be held on the following dates from 9 am to noon:

  • September 14, 2019

  • September 28, 2019

  • October 12, 2019

  • October 26, 2019

  • November 9, 2019

  • November 23, 2019

  • December 7, 2019

  • January 11, 2019

  • January 25, 2019

    This program is supported by the Communities of Opportunity Learning Community. Communities of Opportunity is an initiative that was catalyzed in 2014 by King County and the Seattle Foundation uniting with each other and with communities to address inequity; promote leadership; influence changes to institutions, systems, and policies; and seat the base of power within communities. The Learning Community creates spaces for communities and organizations to share their work and gain additional skills across sectors and geographic areas to advance impact across the region.