Healthy Neighborhoods Albuquerque aims to create Main Street jobs
This article details how The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, with the help of The Democracy Collaborative, is leading anchor institutions commit to buy local and hire local to improve community health in their surrounding neighborhoods in Albuquerque:
The collaboration started in early 2016, when the Health Sciences Center engaged The Democracy Collaborative, a consultancy that had experience guiding anchor institution-based urban redevelopment in Cleveland, Ohio. There, the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western University and other institutions helped spur job growth and new construction by making targeted investments and purchasing decisions in the urban core.
Ted Howard, cofounder and director Democracy Collaborative, said the Cleveland initiative has created 1,800 new local jobs. Some 400 people have received skills training and more than 500 residents have gained access to affordable housing. Meanwhile, the initiative has attracted tens of millions of dollars in new public and private investment.