We NEDA Talk October 26, 2021 at 12:00 pm | Intentional Diversity in Economic Development with Lyneir Richardson

Lyneir Richardson is an entrepreneur working to strengthen ethnic and underserved areas across the United States. He wears multiple hats: investing in commercial real estate, educating MBA students, advising community development organizations, corporations and government agencies, and structuring deals with banks and philanthropic organizations to get capital to Black entrepreneurs. Lyneir will talk about Urban entrepreneurship and economic development. Strategies to close the racial wealth gap. The urgency of now and the need for new young energy and genius.

Lyneir is the Executive Director of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development and an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the Department of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School. Lyneir is also CEO of The Chicago TREND Corporation, a social enterprise funded by prestigious impact investors to catalyze urban retail development. Chicago TREND has raised over $17M of capital from impact investors. Chicago TREND owns four shopping centers and has invested over $11M in retail and commercial real estate development in urban neighborhoods. 

Lyneir served as the Chief Executive Officer of the primary economic development corporation in Newark, NJ, for Mayor Cory Booker. As Vice President of Urban Development at General Growth Properties, Inc., he led the national initiative to improve shopping centers in ethnic neighborhoods in large U.S. cities. Early in his career, Lyneir founded his first company and was named a U.S. Small Business Administration "Young Entrepreneur of the Year". Lyneir started his career as a corporate attorney at the First National Bank of Chicago. Lyneir graduated from Bradley University and the University of Chicago Law School. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He serves on the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council and the Cook County Land Bank. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Illinois Housing Development Authority Trust Fund Board and as a Commissioner on the City of Chicago Planning Commission. He is a proud (but slow) finisher of the Chicago Marathon.
We will being holding this event via Zoom. 

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