Economic Development

 

Nehemiah – Who We Are

There is a need and desire for a stronger Madison for all – therefore we focus on strengthening the African American community. Nehemiah cultivates character, leadership, and economic development for the African American community through culturally grounded programs.

The Need

Wisconsin ranks among states with the most extreme racial disparity in economic opportunity in the country. The unemployment rate for African Americans is 2.5 times higher than whites while the median household income for African Americans is half that of their white counterparts.

Maintaining a healthy economy for our community requires participation from all citizens. While disparities in education and criminal justice affect the disparity in economic opportunity, they do not fully account for these differences. Closing the economic opportunity gap will require a broad approach which includes attention to fair hiring and advancement opportunity, expansion of minority-owned businesses, and the development of minority generated entrepreneurial enterprises.

Economic Development

Nehemiah provides multiple avenues to prompt economic development, especially for African Americans.

Our programs include:

  • Reentry Employment Assistance – We provide employment assistance to formerly incarcerated individuals.
  • African American Entrepreneur Loan Fund – We offer small loans to entrepreneurs wanting to start or expand their own businesses.
  • Major Development Project – Look for more information in the near future about a significant African American led development project on the South side of Madison.

Contact Information

For more information, contact our Director of Community & Economic Development:

Carrie Vanderford Sanders cvsanders@nehemiah.org 608.257.2453 x238