Writing for Next City, Oscar Perry Abello highlights the partnership between universities and The Democracy Collaborative. In this article, Abello writes about the anchor work by different universities, like Buffalo State College small business center supporting women and minority owned businesses.
Two years ago, Buffalo State College, University of Missouri–St. Louis, Rutgers University–Newark, Cleveland State University, Drexel University, and Virginia Commonwealth University each made a commitment to investing, hiring and purchasing locally. Now, a new report from the Democracy Collaborative by Emily Sladek illustrates how they take seriously their role as “anchor institutions” when it comes to economic impact on their local economies.