Baltimore Launches 'Anchor Plan' for Partnerships with Colleges and Hospitals

The city of Baltimore, led by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, has launched "The Baltimore City Anchor Plan"—a plan that prioritizes strategic partnerships with the city's "eds and meds" sector.

The Baltimore Sun published an editorial by the presidents of several of the education institutions named in the plan—Joan Develin Coley, Ronald Daniels, Fred Lazarus IV and Brian Linnane—voicing support for "The Baltimore City Anchor Plan."

According to the authors of the editorial, "[we] welcome Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's Anchor strategy initiative, to be announced Wednesday. It includes partnership agreements between major Baltimore higher education and medical institutions and the city government to advance economic development in various communities through increased cooperation relating to the four priority areas of public safety, local hiring, local purchasing, and quality of life issues that affect us all."

The editorial cites examples of potential for the program from investments and work already underway by Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland, and Maryland Institute of College Art.

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