This project is funded as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “Understanding and Supporting Anchor Businesses to Build a Culture of Health” program, which seeks to understand the ways that for-profit anchors advance health and well-being in the communities where they are located. The goal of this project is to research the impacts, strategies, and motivations of for-profit anchor institutions in engaging with low-income communities in small and midsized cities (those with populations under 500,000) as it relates to gentrification and economic development. The research will be useful to foundations, local public officials, economic developers, and other local stakeholders who are interested in developing strategies to encourage for-profit companies to engage with local low-income communities. Research methods will include both quantitative regression analysis and qualitative interviews. In disseminating the research findings, deliverables will include a public report accessible to a general audience and posted on Initiative for a Competitive Inner City's website, an internal report for RWJF, multiple blog posts on Initiative for a Competitive Inner City's blog and social media platforms.

Principal Investigators: 

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Howard Wial, Ph.D., J.D.

Senior Vice President and Director of Research - Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

Howard Wial is Senior Vice President and Director of Research at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. Read Bio

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Peter Eberhardt

Senior Research Analyst - Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

As a senior research analyst at ICIC, Peter utilizes academic and applied practice to support and lead a numbe... Read Bio


Grant Institution: Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

Grant Number: 76911

Grant Budget: $229,836

Grant Period: 10/01/2019-3/31/2021