Anchor institutions – hospitals, universities, municipal governments, and cultural institutions – represent a firm root in the community. These institutions are often located in communities that would benefit from deeper engagement – from job opportunities to purchasing from local businesses. The goal of this partnership between the neighborhood residents and its institutions is to build a resilient community that recognizes the long-term investment and economic power that the anchor holds.
One such effort is happening on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora where the Community Campus Partnership is working to fully engage with community residents and better connect local workers with the institutions on the campus. The Denver Foundation and Mile High Connects have been partners in this effort and are engaging other anchor institutions located in transit-accessible communities such as Regis University, Denver Health, and others in adopting a similar approach.