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Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Public and Community Affairs Discussion Papers
Community-campus partnerships for economic development: community perspectives
Anna Afshar
Abstract

Formal collaborations between community groups and academic institutions to promote economic development have increased substantially over the past 10 years. The bulk of research on community-campus partnerships has focused on the experiences of institutions of higher learning and the foundations that have funded the collaborations, leaving a gap in our understanding of community experiences. This report draws on a variety of sources, including first-person interviews and academic literature, to bring out community perspectives on what makes for successful partnerships. The conclusions are presented as practical suggestions for community groups and campuses seeking to optimize partnerships. Four case studies describe lessons learned by participating community groups.


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Anna Afshar, Community-campus partnerships for economic development: community perspectives, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Public and Community Affairs Discussion Papers 2005-2, 2005.
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Keywords: Community development ; Universities and colleges
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