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Monday, October 21 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Moving the Needle: Driving Economic Growth through Local Hiring Initiatives of Anchor Institutions

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Partnerships that include anchor institutions, small businesses, service provider networks, local residents, researchers, philanthropists and other funders can effectively impact the economic vitality and quality of life of neighborhoods. Temple University in North Philadelphia and the University City District in West Philadelphia have developed dynamic partnerships, resulting in successful training and employment opportunities for local residents.

Through intentional coordination and alignment among the workforce, economic development, and education sectors, these two institutions are driving equitable economic growth in low-income communities. Both are focusing on creating career pathway programs within various high growth industries including health, education, and information technology. Using a data-driven framework, these two universities are taking more strategic approaches to using city, university and community assets, but in different ways and for complex reasons.

The panel presentation will be moderated by the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia. Panelists will be representing Temple University and the University City District, as well as a local foundation. The panelists will respond to questions which spur discussions that relate to motives for involvement, types of data that drive strategy development, efforts and systems to promote local hiring by anchor institutions, benefits and challenges to forging partnerships, funding opportunities, alignment of efforts with city plans, and establishing a common set of indicators of success.


Wes Somerville

Director, Lenfest Foundation
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Shirley Moy

Executive Director, LNPWI, Temple University

Nick Frontino

Managing Director, Projects & Operations, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia

Sarah Steltz

Vice President of Workforce Solutions, University City District

Matthew Bergheiser

President, University City District

Monday October 21, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm EDT
Commonwealth B