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Portland State University -- Planning, Urban Education -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area -- Aims and objectives, Urban universities and colleges


This paper articulates the value and role of urban universities as anchor institutions and engines of metropolitan success. Founded on their long-term commitment to the metropolitan areas they inhabit, the power of urban universities is magnified by strong collaboration with their traditional partners in government and the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. By expanding the number and scope of these broad-based, robust partnerships supported by targeted federal investment?urban universities can help lead our cities and metropolitan regions to long-term competitiveness, environmental sustainability, and enduring vitality as healthy, high-quality communities.


This report was funded in part by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Coalition wishes to acknowledge their support, as well as the efforts and recent reports of other organizations encouraging greater attention and a national strategy for engaging anchor institutions in strengthening the nation?s cities and metropolitan regions.

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