As the region’s connector, convenor, and catalyzer of Black Communities, we grow quality jobs, expand businesses and opportunities, and advocate for policies to create vibrant communities and regions.

Together with our members and stakeholders, the Economic Development Association for Black Communities will enable a more equitable, vibrant, generative economy that grows and thrives as a result of increasingly inclusive strategies that create the opportunity for all to prosper.

To learn more about our program plan, contact Tricia Allen, Chief Program Officer, at or 720.218.0726.

The EDABC connects, convenes, and catalyzes people, resources, and opportunities to ensure Black communities are positioned to prosper, grow, and thrive.

We aim to (re)build neighborhood economies through integrated economic development strategies and programs that develop people, places, and businesses.

We focus on three critical verticals: talent, business growth and retention, and policy.

We develop innovative, inclusive economic development strategies and programming that benefit the Black community and the regions where they reside.

We also serve as a critical intermediary to amplify opportunities, access, and results.

  • EDA Members
  • Economic Development Organizations
  • Workforce Development Organizations
  • Financial Lending Institutions
  • Public and Private Foundations
  • Research Institutions focused on entrepreneurship, talent development, and community wealth building strategies.
  • Evaluation and Resource Development Departments

How We Achieve Impact


  • Creating accelerated pathways to high-paying employment.
  • Developing and institutionalizing a ‘Good Career’ definition for Black communities.

Business Growth, Attraction, and Retention

  • Access to capital (multiple forms) and capacity building; eventually, capital deployment.
  • Increasing the number of black employer firms via procurement, access to capital, and increased awareness of the black business ecosystem.


  • Creating opportunities for deep engagement with elected officials.
  • Lead and shape policy solutions.
  • Educating constituents on factors influencing our political and economic landscape via  our comprehensive data center.
  • Design and launch a Black Economic Analyst leadership development program.

Developing a comprehensive data center on black businesses using primary and secondary resources.