Diversity and Inclusion

As we create a vision for Little Rock and the kind of city that we know it can and should be, we must make tolerance, diversity, and inclusion a foundational value. This is a moral imperative. If we are going to attract and retain talented people and be competitive in the 21st century economy, Little Rock must be a city that welcomes all genders, races, ages, nationalities and sexual orientations.

I will also make sure that our local government reflects the diversity of the city. This includes the composition of our boards and commissions, city employment, and in the housing and employment policies the city influences. We can also use our procurement and purchasing power to encourage the success of minority-owned businesses. Many cities around the country set significant goals in this area and couple the targets with small business and entrepreneurship assistance. We can do this, too.