Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba’s shared vision for Jackson’s future is the result of city-wide public engagement. Through community engagement, citizens provided ideas, approaches, and strategies on how to grow Jackson’s economy, create job growth, and ensure economic revitalization throughout Jackson’s neighborhoods. These ideas were brought together into a new economic model based on human dignity. A Dignity Economy was created, which holds deeply the value that there are no disposable communities or people - all citizens deserve investment!
Focus groups were conducted throughout Jackson to gather data for a strategic framework. The lived experiences of Jacksonians helped shape the Mayor’s ﬁve goals. It became crystal clear that to do nothing was not an option. Creating and acting upon a strategic framework would improve both the quality of life and economic growth in the City of Jackson.