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Tuesday, October 10 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Feeding the Engagement: Moving a Job Creation Project from Goal to Sustainability (30 mins)

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In 2013 UROC launched an economic development project focused on job creation - the Northside Job Creation Team (NJCT). The goal of the NJCT is to attract public/private investments to create 1000 sustainable, living wage jobs in a 5-year period in an underserved community. To date, 625 jobs have been created.

The project is a collaboration of major stakeholders from the University, City, State, foundations, and community organizations. Graduate students from the School of Business provide research and analysis for the most viable business opportunities.

The focus of this presentation is on the necessary changes in the roles of the anchor institution and the collaborative partners over time. NJCT’s goals have been organized around the idea of living and adaptable systems that consider the patterns of relationships, how they are sustained, self-organized and how outcomes emerge. This approach has supported the project even as the number of organizations/individuals participating have grown.

This phase of the NJCT will conclude at the end of 2018. We predict we will exceed the goal of 1000 jobs. However, 1000 jobs will not close the employment gap; 4100 jobs is the target for this geographic area to reach parity with the rest of the city. Faced with the task of considering how a university placed-based unit looks to the future of this work, we will present a timeline that captures the changes in how the project has adapted and succeeded, and a prediction of the next steps that will allow for sustainability.

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Heidi Barajas

Department Chair, Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development

James De Sota

Director of Administration and Projects, Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center

Tuesday October 10, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
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