he special broadcast originated at the CentennialShowboat at Harriet Island and featured live music byWain McFarlane & Jahz, and networking before theshow. Riverfront Economic Development Association(REDA), the powerful business support and promotion organi-zation that serves St. Paul’s West Side community, and theMinority Business Development and Retention division of St.Paul’s new Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity(HREEO) Department, and Twin Cities Local InitiativeSupport Corporation (LISC) co-sponsored the forum broad-cast.The first of its kind broadcast program also reflected the emer-gence of a unique multi ethnic and multi-media platform forexamining and promoting business and economic developmentin communities of color. Minnesota Multicultural MediaConsortium (MMMC) editors and American Indian businessdevelopment executives joined broadcast host Al McFarlane inmeet-the-press style interviews of city department heads, com-munity development strategists and banking industry leaders.
Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium leaders and St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman at broadcast from Centennial Showboat. L-R: TomGitta, publisher, Mshale Newspaper; David Glass, president, American Indian Economic Development Fund; St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman;Nghi Huynh, publisher, Asian American Press and president of MN Multicultural Media Consortium; Al McFarlane, editor–in–chief, InsightNews and host of Conversations with Al McFarlane; Aldolpho Cardona, publisher, Latino Midwest.
Partnerships create resiliency, growth
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman last week affirmed the city’s commitment to do right bycommunities of color, small businesses, women-owned businesses and other disadvan-taged businesses through restructuring city government to create new ways to do busi-ness with the City of St. Paul.
Story by Al McFarlane • Photos by Suluki Fardan
McFarlane• Ford ReaderOctober 26, 2009