The senseless murder of George Floyd sparked passionate emotions against brutality, racism, and lack of accountability for police.
This tragic event served as a wake-up call.
People of all ethnicities worldwide came together to make bold movements demanding an end to systemic anti-black racism and violence at the hands of police.
In Oregon, discussions advanced to bring economic justice for black businesses that had not been afforded ample opportunities to grow and prosper.
Just weeks after that inciting incident, Black members of the Portland Business Alliance issued a call to action to create an inclusive economy for all Oregonians.
The Black Business Association of Oregon was established to implement and administer the Black Economic Prosperity Agenda.
Just weeks after that inciting incident, Black members of the Portland Business Alliance came together to create an inclusive economy for all Oregonians.
Lance Randall has over 30 years of experience in the fields of economic development, community development, workforce development, housing, tourism, and government.
He has expertise in business recruiting, retention, expansion, relocation, infrastructure improvements, tax incentives, new markets tax credits, industrial park development, business incubators, commercial space development, CDBG, Hope VI grant, small and minority business lending, CDFI financing, permitting, zoning, grant applications, RFP responses, environmental compliance, real estate transactions, site selection, special tax schedules, sustainable development, organization capacity building, transportation improvement, project management, business consulting, infrastructure improvement, job retraining, apprenticeships, internships, customized training, incumbent worker training, convention recruiting, destination marketing, festival coordination, drafting legislation, policy issue analysis and constituent services.
He is credited with three awards for his work in economic development which include: the 2000 Robert B. Cassell Student Leadership Award, the 2001 Georgia Economic Developers Association Service to Existing Industry Award and the 2015 Tabor 100 Crystal Eagle Award for Excellence in Business Development Leadership. He also received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his outstanding and invaluable service to the community from the Honorable Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., and the John Lewis “Good Trouble” Award from First AME Church, Seattle.
The BEPA includes a:
Success Factors of the BEPA
The BBAO partners with government agencies, cross-sector institutions, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to fulfill the objectives of the BEPA.