Fifty years ago, the largest employers in Baltimore were manufacturers—Bethlehem Steel, Esskay, Western Electric, and General Motors. Today, Baltimore’s seven largest employers are universities and hospitals. In a 2002 report for CEO for Cities, Harvard Professor Michael Porter coined the term “anchor institutions,” arguing that “eds and meds” should create an economic development strategy for the surrounding neighborhoods.

Johns Hopkins is engaged in two very different anchor initiatives: the East Baltimore Development Initiative and the Homewood Community Partners Initiative. The university's involvement in EBDI has evolved and accelerated in recent years to include direct funding for new owner-occupied housing, restaurants, a pharmacy, and a school. Launched in 2011, HCPI grew out of a greater understanding that the health and well-being of the university's Homewood campus is inextricably tied to the physical, social, and economic well-being of its surrounding neighborhoods. HCPI is guided by a report with 29 recommendations that fall into five categories: quality of life, blight elimination, education, commercial and retail development, and local hiring and purchasing.

Please join us for a conversation and update with Andy Frank, who has been central to these Hopkins initiatives.   


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM | Breakfast
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM | Program and Discussion


Andrew B. Frank
Special Adviser to the President on Economic Development
Johns Hopkins University

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