MIT and University of Maryland host Panel Discussion on How Anchor Organizations Build Community Wealth

CLEVELAND, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MIT and University of Maryland will convene a national conversation on May 8 about how an innovative business model can help anchor institutions in urban cities to drive economic development and build sustainable community wealth.

A panel of presenters will release a new MIT-University of Maryland Case Study which highlights Cleveland's University Hospitals Vision 2010 Program, a $1.2 billion strategic growth plan.

The panel discussion following will be held May 8 at 4 to 6 p.m. Access to live-streaming video: http://bit.ly/Wt6nuB or Twitter: #anchorpower. The panel will be held at MIT School of Architecture & Planning, Wong Auditorium, 70 Memorial Drive, Building E-51, Cambridge, MA.

A news-teleconference with the authors will be held at 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on May 8 prior to the panel discussion. Pre-register to receive call-in detail: Alicia.reale@uhhospitals.org or call 216-844-5158.

The Cleveland-based health care system recently completed $750 million in major construction projects throughout Northeast Ohio employing a novel strategy of utilizing local and minority/female owned businesses to generate local wealth, economic opportunity and jobs. The innovative strategy was designed and implemented by University Hospitals (UH), an anchor institution in urban Cleveland, in close partnership with the City of Cleveland Mayor, Frank Jackson, The Cleveland Foundation and local building trade unions.

Titled "The Anchor Mission: Leveraging the Power of Anchor Institutions to Build Community Wealth", the Case Study concludes that place-based anchor institutions – like hospitals and universities - can commit to a comprehensive business approach that goes beyond the narrow framework of corporate philanthropy to create a sustainable economic advantage for their regions. Their analysis provides the framework for other organizations to engage with business, government and foundations to create healthier, stronger urban areas.

Vision 2010 included the construction of five major medical facilities which generated more than 5,000 jobs in construction and related fields, with salaries totaling $500 million over the five-year period. UH adopted a pathbreaking strategy in which its executives established aggressive goals pertaining to diversity, procurement and hiring local residents. Successful strategies included the use of an innovative Project Labor Agreement and resulted in 92 percent of spending staying in Northeast Ohio and awarding 24 percent of contracts to minority and female owned businesses.

In February 2013, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson along with representatives from business, civic, labor and trade organizations signed an historic public-private community benefit agreement that will drive investment in Cleveland. Outlined in the agreement is the commitment to direct training opportunities and jobs to local residents and increase the utilization of minority, female and locally owned businesses.  

To view the full report, go to: www.uhhospitals.org/AnchorMission

Moderator: 

Dayna L. Cunningham, Executive Director, MIT Community Innovators Lab



Introduction: 

Adele Naude Santos, Dean MIT School of Architecture and Planning



Authors:    

J. Phillip Thompson, Associate Professor, MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning


Ted Howard, Executive Director, The Democracy Collaborative, University of Maryland



Principals: 

Honorable Frank G. Jackson, Mayor Cleveland, Ohio


Thomas F. Zenty III, CEO, University Hospitals, Cleveland Ohio


Steven D. Standley, Chief Administrative Officer, University Hospitals, Cleveland Ohio



Experts: 

Philip Clay, Professor, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning; Chancellor, MIT


Xavier de Souza Briggs, Associate Professor, MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning; Associate Director of Office of Management and Budget


Rebecca Henderson, John and Natty McArthur University Professor, Harvard University; Harvard Business School, General Management and Strategy Units; Co-Director, the Business and Environment Initiative


Thomas Kochan, George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, MIT; Professor of Engineering Systems; Co-Director of the Institute for Work and Employment Research at the MIT Sloan School of Management; Chair, MIT Faculty

 

SOURCE University Hospitals



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