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Higher educational institutions (HEIs) are now viewed as anchor institutions in many cities, place-based institutions with the capacity to help local and regional economic growth and engage in community-based revitalization strategies. Colleges and universities in smaller cities, towns and rural areas also play anchor roles in their communities and can be as important a driver of economic and community impact as large HEIs in metropolitan regions. This panel will discuss and compare the role of colleges and universities as anchor institutions in both urban and rural areas. While university-community partnerships are extensive in rural areas through many means, including extension services, less attention has been paid to their role in community and economic partnerships as anchor institutions. University-community partnerships and collaborations have become increasingly important in community and economic development across U.S., in both urban and nonmetropolitan areas.
Sabina Deitrick, PhD, Director of Urban and Regional Analysis Program, University of Pittsburgh (moderator)
Susan Fisher, Economic Impact Analyst, Fourth Economy Consulting
Ed Morrison, Regional Economic Development Advisor, Purdue University