As cities look for ways to support inclusive economic growth, they are increasingly turning to anchor institutions – colleges, universities, hospitals, and medical centers – as partners. Too often, though, these partnerships are narrowly defined and transaction based.
This event brought together leaders from government, philanthropy, universities, and hospitals to discuss strategies for cultivating mutually beneficial, long-term partnerships that promote local prosperity. Guided by the National Resource Network report Striking a (Local) Grand Bargain—authored by NYU Wagner and co-authored by the Urban Institute, funded by the Ford Foundation—the discussion included two dynamic panels. The first focused on how to best form partnerships between cities, anchor institutions, and philanthropic organizations. The second focused on how leaders in several industries and sectors are using new approaches to advance ground-level improvements.
- Jon Aram, cofounder and CEO, Next Street
- Nancy Cantor, chancellor, Rutgers University–Newark
- Malcolm Duncan, mayor, Waco, Texas
- David Eichenthal, managing director, PFM Group; executive director, National Resource Network
- Ryan Friedrichs, chief development officer, City of Detroit
- Neil Kleiman, deputy executive director of policy, research, and evaluation, National Resource Network; director, NYU Wagner Innovation Labs
- Erika Poethig, Institute fellow and director of urban policy initiatives, Urban Institute
- Charles Rutheiser, senior associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation
- Joan Quinlan, vice president for community health, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Sarah Rosen Wartell, president, Urban Institute
- Wim Wiewel, president, Portland State University
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