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Tuesday, October 10 • 10:15am - 11:00am
The Road to Economic Opportunities: Capitalizing Public Transit to Achieve an Anchor Mission (45 mins)

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How often does public transit intersect with an anchor institution’s work? Look no further than outside your hotel window at Denver FasTrack light trail system. With the opening of the newest R line, the light rail system expanded from serving downtown Denver to a system that provides service to the thriving suburban community of Aurora, home to the University of Colorado - Anschutz Medical Campus, a major regional employer. Across the country, such transportation projects are serving as an economic catalyst connecting residents to employment, educational, and business opportunities with anchor institutions. Join Mile High Connects and Minneapolis-Saint Paul’s Central Corridor Anchor Partnership as we explore the potential to strengthen communities along transit by connecting them to opportunities within anchor institutions. Learn how Denver and Minneapolis-Saint Paul engaged anchor institutions and surrounding communities in exploring how transit could advance workforce diversity, supplier diversity, sustainability and other shared goals.

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Ellen Watters

Principal, Ellen Watters Consulting
Ellen Watters is a consultant in economic, workforce and community development focusing on research, project management and strategic planning to create prosperity in neighborhoods, cities and regions. She has particular expertise in developing strategies to leverage Anchor Institutions... Read More →
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Deyanira Zavala

Program Coordinator, Mile High Connects

Tuesday October 10, 2017 10:15am - 11:00am MDT
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