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Tuesday, October 10 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Getting Creative to Buy and Hire Local: Meeting Anchor Goals through Food Service Contracts (30 mins)

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The University of Chicago has the unique position of being a prestigious and respected institution among some of Chicago’s most dynamic neighborhoods—unfortunately known more today for the violence and disinvestment that make the news than for their upstart businesses, vibrant cultures, and unique assets. The University has made its local community engagement a concerted part of a broader strategy, linking academic departments, research efforts, and the mandate of our Office of Civic Engagement, which serves as the ‘front door’ to communities nearest to the University. As part of that effort, The University encourages its suppliers to help the institution make good on its goals to invest, hire, and buy locally where possible. In 2016, the University rebid its campus food service management contract, which was then awarded to a major contractor who was willing to think dynamically and creatively to hire and buy locally. The contract included key local hiring and buying goals, which are reinforced by ongoing local engagement and development efforts run from across the University, like the support of a burgeoning food cluster in the Mid-South Side, from where local foods and on-campus restaurants are sourced. Supported by Next Street, an economic development consultancy specializing in anchor-driven economic development, the University continues to seek out more ways to replicate this best practice by helping major contractors to make good on local commitments, by linking efforts across the University with the goals and requirements of its major contractors.


Alyssa Berman-Cutler

Executive Director, Community Development, University of Chicago
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Jonathan Salzman

Associate, Next Street, LLC

Tuesday October 10, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm MDT
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