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Tuesday, October 22 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lightning Session: Start Small, Win Big!

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Anchored in a shrinking, segregated, and deindustrializing city, the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) is surrounded by communities with systematically depressed health, economic, and social outcomes. As a highly specialized public institution, UMB spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year in relatively narrow spending categories that are intensely competitive, such as medical equipment, lab supplies, chemicals, and other technology. And this spending is done in a highly regulated and restrictive purchasing environment.

Despite these frustrating, but common challenges, how is UMB working to drive new revenue to small businesses owned by marginalized people in communities surrounding its campus? What spending strategies can be leveraged by both private and public institutions to improve economic opportunity in neighboring communities?


Ashley Valis

Executive Director, University of Maryland, Baltimore
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William Joyner

N/A, University of Maryland, Baltimore
As UMB's economic inclusion specialist, Bill Joyner works with internal and external stakeholders to advance the University's community engagement strategy. He focuses on community economic development issues such as local purchasing, youth employment, and housing affordability... Read More →

Tuesday October 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
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