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Common Threads

The individual components of hiring, procurement, and construction inclusion strategies differ somewhat in the details: clarifying the meaning of "local," understanding and analyzing relevant data, establishing partner relationships, and program implementation. But there are important common themes that link each of these strategies. We reflect here on the ideas that join these three different strategies together.

Uncovering Institutional Boundaries

Understanding some of the challenges in terms of credentialing, paperwork, and procedure that our neighbors must overcome has been equally important.

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Creating a Data-Driven Process

Data that illuminates our local and regional economy is an important part of strategy development as well.

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Working in Partnership

Our university leadership sits regularly with civic association leadership to listen and hear criticism and feedback

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Staff and Implementers: Commitment and Vision

Engaging people who are talented and who also are personally invested in the ultimate mission of collective uplift will drive the ongoing success of this work as they forge unique pathways to champion the mission and achieve goals.

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Buy Local

Hire Local Link

Build Local Link