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ERIC Number: ED565760
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Building Resiliency: The Role of Anchor Institutions in Sustaining Community Economic Development
Office of University Partnerships
These days, the federal government is keenly interested in how to encourage the process of developing resiliency in the struggle to revitalize decayed urban communities. The White House, through the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) initiative, is also seeking to create cross-agency collaborations "to strengthen neighborhoods, towns, cities, and regions around the country by enhancing the capacity of local governments to develop and execute their economic vision and strategies, providing necessary technical assistance and access to federal agency expertise, and creating new public and private sector partnerships." The term anchor institution refers to long-standing and deeply rooted community organizations that often are the largest contributors to their communities' continued economic stability and strength. Any large enterprise or organization--hospitals, churches, nonprofits, housing cooperatives--that brings together economic and financial assets, human resources, and physical structures, and has an established presence in the community can act as an anchor institution. Institutions of higher education (IHEs) are especially well-placed to lead in communities and develop partnerships with other anchor institutions, for many reasons. IHEs are deeply rooted into their communities and can contribute to a sense of neighborhood identity. The symbiotic relationship that IHEs share with their communities gives ample incentive for them to invest in improvements from which both parties will inevitably benefit. This publication analyzes the positive impact that institutions of higher education can have in stabilizing and improving the nation's struggling communities.
Office of University Partnerships. US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Room 8226, 451 Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC 20410. Tel: 800-245-2691; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC. Office of University Partnerships.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania