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Community Partnerships, Research on the Horizon for Midlands Anchor in 2018

Midlands Anchor proudly announces the Anchor Institute, a collective of community experts, research associates, and economic development professionals exploring the challenges and opportunities of America’s mid-sized cities.

Coming in early 2018, the Institute is both an extension and progression of the publication’s mission to connect engaged citizens through regionallyanchor institute red logo relevant stories. Undergirded by the Anchor’s Community Advisory Board with 20 local leaders and influencers spanning the business, cultural, historic, non-profit, and educational sectors, the Institute represents a wide range of the Midlands’ best knowledge resources.

“Hardworking and caring people with vision can help unlock a city’s potential for growth and socially-minded development,” explained Tia Williams, owner and publisher of Midlands Anchor. “With a wealth of community information and a strong network of partner entities, the Anchor Institute will provide even more in-depth and comprehensive research and analysis to positively impact the city’s economic competitiveness and quality of life, positioning Columbia as a model for regional development.”

To ensure public engagement and collaboration with the Institute’s mission, Williams has recruited local strategist Janet Scouten as lead producer. Scouten joins the collective with a wealth of public policy and publishing experience that will prove to be invaluable to Anchor Institute followers and community partners.

“When Tia first approached me with this idea, I recognized its immense potential to elevate our city to a higher level of connectivity and positive growth,” said Scouten. “Columbia is on the cusp of an exciting new era. By connecting its local leaders, business figures, academics, and journalists, the Institute will help produce community research for community solutions.”


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