Cleveland, OH leveraged the economic power of anchor institutions to create economic opportunity, individual wealth and strong communities.

From 2010-2013, Living Cities supported The Greater University Circle Community Wealth Building Initiative in Cleveland, OH as part of The Integration Initiative.

A woman reads a careers manual during a workshop in Cleveland, OH Medical students walk along their quad in Cleveland, OH

Connecting low-income people to workforce opportunities in Cleveland, OH.

The Greater University Circle Community Wealth Building Initiative leveraged the economic power of anchor institutions to create economic opportunity, individual wealth and strong communities in Cleveland. During the course of the our three years of work together, it became apparent that the two organizations were pursuing somewhat different approaches, with Living Cities using a Collective Impact model that includes working toward a central, critical systems change goal, while the Cleveland Foundation has pursued more of a catalytic leader model within its anchor-based strategy, testing new models for local procurement, workforce and community engagement. Although not a formal part of Round 2 in terms of receiving grant support, Cleveland remains part of our broader learning network and continues to both offer and receive insights from Living Cities and the other Round 1 sites.

Download the Cleveland profile for an overview of their work. New information on the Cleveland initiative is forthcoming.