University of Wisconsin–Madison

Striking a (Local) Grand Bargain: How Cities and Anchor Institutions can Work Together to Drive Growth and Prosperity

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level County
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Children & Families, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Education, Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement, Health
Cities need partners. At a time when local governments are confronting challenges on multiple fronts ranging from rising inequality to fast-moving global economic tides and reduced state and federal support, collaboration has never been so important. Historically, cities have proven able to respond to local challenges through partnerships. A recent Boston University survey of 70 mayors showed that chief elected officials have an uncanny ability to cooperate with most anyone. In the survey, most mayors ranked the business community as their most reliable collaborator, with the vast majority stating that they have a highly cooperative relationship with local employers. This is no surprise as the private sector has long been the default partner for mayors and city managers. But with capital flight rampant, there are few traditional civic-minded corporate headquarters left. In 2015, it is "anchor institutions" - universities, medical centers and hospitals - that are the obvious partner for city leadership.

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