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Tuesday, October 10 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Anchor Institution Economic Inclusion in Baltimore: Strategies and Collective Impact (30 mins)

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Baltimore educational and medical institutions are building on their missions and taking on new roles to address the city’s deep socio-economic needs. The Baltimore Integration Partnership, a collective impact initiative of anchors institutions, funders, nonprofits, and public organizations, is supporting the development of new anchor strategies, policies, and practices that are connecting low-income Baltimore City residents, who are predominately African-American, to economic opportunity. Fourteen educational and medical institutions are participating in the BIP and are collectively and individually implementing local hiring approaches, local and minority purchasing strategies, and using capital and real estate to foster broader community benefit. This best practices presentation will highlight some of the key anchor projects and activities unfolding in Baltimore including new workforce training programs, a real estate development fund, small business development strategies, and other economic inclusion approaches driven by anchor partners. The presentation will be led by the BIP Director and the lead representative from Towson University who will not just highlight work underway but recognize some of the challenges and the work still ahead.

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Bobbie Laur

Associate Vice President, Outreach, Towson University
In my role with the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, I focus on connecting our members with each other to address critical issues facing our institutions and cities and identify opportunities for collaboration and transformation!In my role at Towson University as... Read More →
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Kurt Sommer

Director, Baltimore Integration Partnership
Kurt is the Director of the Baltimore Integration Partnership (BIP) which is a collaborative partnership of anchor institutions, funders, nonprofits and public organizations focused on establishing economic inclusion as the business culture of norm in the Baltimore region. The BIP... Read More →

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