Central Corridor Anchor Partnership
The Central Corridor Anchor Partnership is made up of colleges, universities, hospitals, and health care organizations located in proximity to the Green Line. Known colloquially as the “Eds and Meds,” these institutions are some of the dominant employers in our economy, have significant investments in their physical infrastructure and are thereby anchored to – and invested in – the health, vitality, and growth of their surrounding neighborhoods.
Beginning in the fall of 2011, conversations were held with the CEOs and presidents of these institutions to explore areas of opportunity and mutual benefit, including local hiring, procurement, and transit use. The Central Corridor Anchor Partnership was formally established in August of 2012 and includes these members: Augsburg College, Bethel University, Fairview Health Services, Health East, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Metropolitan State University, Regions Hospital/Health Partners, Saint Paul College, St. Catherine’s University, University of Minnesota, and University of St. Thomas.
Baseline research was completed and five distinct strategies emerged. The Partnership is currently focused on three of them: local hiring, local procurement, and increasing transit use among staff, patients, students, and others.