BMC and project partner, the Economic Development Council of Western Mass (EDC), are launching an Anchor Institution Collaborative (AIC) whose mission is to ensure that Springfield’s economy creates greater opportunity for low-income communities through deliberate action and meaningful collaboration among the private, public and nonprofit sectors. As an anchor, BMC leverages its economic output through three pillars: local hiring, local sourcing and place-based investing. Through a shared agenda, common goals, community action, and shared measures of success, the AIC is working to advance health and well-being in Springfield by committing to train, hire and invest in people from targeted neighborhoods (“Outside-in”), improve retention, and create career pathways to living wage jobs (“Inside-up”) by collaborating with other anchors and community based organizations to address racial and gender bias, education, skills, transportation, childcare, and other career advancement challenges of low-income working families.

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For many of us with young children at home, the pandemic hasn’t just disrupted our lives — it’s turned them upside down, erasing the boundaries between home and work. We’re seeing more and more stories about parents, especially mothers and specifically mothers in low-wage jobs, struggling to balance being a breadwinner and a caregiver. Only 1 …

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Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation CommunityFebruary 21, 2022
Poverty is the result of poor policy choices. These choices reflect our national values and decide who deserves access to opportunity to achieve their dreams and who does not. This flawed mindset has led to persistent inequities and a hollowing of our shared humanity. Change is possible. The choice is ours.
BlogNovember 2, 2021
Black History Month is a time for celebration and an intentional moment to pay tribute to generations of Black Americans who have contributed to our society. It is also a time to look inward, asking if the work that we are doing today helps to further advance Black communities, or if it instead stifles. Is what we are doing enough to break through rigid obstacles and nurture an environment that truly gives space for families and individuals to meet their full promise and live their values; and in turn, have communities thrive?
BlogFebruary 26, 2021
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Contact: Lindsay Broyhill Ascend at the Aspen Institute lindsay.broyhill@aspeninstitute.org  Bold Leaders to Advance Innovative Strategies for Families’ Health and Economic Prosperity  Aspen Institute Launches New Partners and Advisors in Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community  Washington, DC – Ascend at the Aspen Institute is proud to announce the new partners and advisors the Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community, Ascend’s initiative for breakthrough innovations and collaborations that position families to reach educational …

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BlogJuly 22, 2020