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The Rev. Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes, III, the new president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, will deliver the keynote address at the Opportunity LIVES Here Symposium in Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday, November 1, hosted by State Senator Darius Brown.

Senator Brown has organized the Opportunity LIVES Here Symposium to bring together national leaders renowned for their achievements in lifting communities out of stagnation and into promising futures to lead discussions on the goals, strategies and resources of this initiative.

It’s the mid-Atlantic’s regional hub for rail, logistics, technology and manufacturing. It also features the Port of Wilmington, the New Castle Airport and three interstate highways. This is the place where opportunity lives, and your business should call it home.

Real estate developers and commercial real estate firms, business investors and associations, entrepreneurs, hospitality and entertainment management firms, banks and insurance companies, and others looking for a strategic investment in a region structured to flourish are encouraged to attend.

Additional featured speakers include Rick Wade, Senior Vice President at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Ayodele Okeowo, CHIPS Program at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Collin O’Mara, President & CEO of the National Wildlife Federation and the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc. “Building Black Wealth” tour.

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Coined as the $100 Million Dollar Man, Senator Darius Brown has invested over $300 million dollars in his senate district. These investments include $3 million to establish the Northeast Wilmington Revitalization Fund, which has already created 100 jobs in one of Delaware’s most economically depressed communities. Recruiting Bronze Valley Venture Lab to the First State, this accelerator program is now providing access to venture capital in the heart of Delaware’s minority-majority urban center. Creating the Delaware Community Investment Venture Fund which seeds $2.5 million from regulatory fees paid by the banking industry, to provide much needed capital and other financial services to black-owned businesses creating jobs in some of our most historically marginalized communities. The expansion of Wilmington’s Downtown Development District, which is spurring private investment to a larger geographic area through an innovative rebate program. Along with historic neighborhood investments in housing, infrastructure, libraries, community centers and schools.


IBW21 (The Institute of the Black World 21st Century) is committed to enhancing the capacity of Black communities in the U.S. and globally to achieve cultural, social, economic and political equality and an enhanced quality of life for all marginalized people.