December 3, 2013
To: Reporters, editors, columnists, producers
From: Dennis O’Shea
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COVER THE ANCHOR INSTITUTIONS CONFERENCE: Universities, Hospitals and Non-Profits Strengthening the Communities around Them
WHO: The Anchor Institutions Task Force. It’s a national think tank for universities, medical centers and other large nonprofits that use their knowledge, influence and financial clout to promote jobs, better education and community development in their home areas.
WHAT: The task force’s annual conference, bringing together more than 200 leaders to discuss anchor institution initiatives on health, economic development and other community improvements. Attendees will also brainstorm possible future anchor institutions initiatives and discuss federal issues with an Obama administration policymaker. [Typical attendees include executives who lead anchor institutions’ community and economic development work, philanthropies interested in strengthening local communities, and government officials.]
OPPORTUNITIES FOR JOURNALISTS: Bone up on challenges facing urban communities and on the efforts of anchor institutions to meet those challenges. Discuss issues with conference attendees. Hear a keynote talk by Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels, who created the university’s $10 million Homewood Community Partners Initiative and the university-backed Henderson-Hopkins School in East Baltimore. Also hear Luke Tate, representative of the White House Domestic Policy Council. The full conference agenda is here.
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. EST.
WHERE: The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Charles Commons conference center, 3301 N. Charles St., corner of Charles and 33rd streets. [Note: Charles Street is under construction. Park at the South Garage (GPS: 3101 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, Md. 21211) and walk across campus from building 45 (coordinates 3C) on this map to building 16 (coordinates 4F). The conference center entrance is on the 33rd Street side.]