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NDMU Joins "Anchor Institution" Partnership to Strengthen Baltimore Communities

June 25, 2014

Notre Dame of Maryland University is one of eight Baltimore universities and hospitals that have joined Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to sign a pledge to work together to grow and revitalize the city and to help solve some of its most pressing challenges.

President Joan Develin Coley joined with representatives from other institutions that signed the agreement, including Loyola university Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, Bon Secours Hospital, Coppin State University, Maryland Institute College of Art, University of Baltimore and Morgan State University.

Through the Baltimore City Anchor Plan, NDMU and other anchor institutions will partner with city government to focus on innovative initiatives in four priority areas: public safety, local hiring, local, purchasing, and quality of life. Anchor institutions are Baltimore City’s largest employers and serve as catalysts to attract and retain residents, create jobs, and drive economic growth.

“Across Baltimore, new developments are revitalizing our neighborhoods, and much of the credit belongs to the institutions that are represented here today,” said Rawlings-Blake at the signing ceremony at City Hall on June 25. “We need to plan for the future. For me that means bringing the city and our anchors together under one vision.”

President Coley also co-authored an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun with the presidents of Johns Hopkins, Loyola and MICA on the Anchor Pledge that highlighted the positive contributions being made in Baltimore by the city's private universities.

"For years, the city's independent colleges have been working to leverage the energy of our students, the talent of our faculty and the growth of our institutions to make the surrounding communities more vibrant and safe and to ensure that the children and residents of those neighborhoods have access to the phenomenal learning and collaboration experiences occurring on our campuses," the op-ed said.