The Central Corridor Anchor Partnership grew out of a Living Cities symposium and local leadership from the McKnight Foundation and the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative.  

The partners include:

  • Augsburg University
  • Bethel University
  • Fairview Health Services
  • HealthEast Care System
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC)
  • Regions Hospital/HealthPartners
  • St. Catherine University
  • Saint Paul College
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of St. Thomas

Each Anchor Partner is invested in our physical infrastructure to serve patients, students, and employees along the Central Corridor. We use the term “anchor” to indicate the important role each partner plays in our local economies and to describe how each partner is anchored to the health, vitality, and growth of the neighborhoods around us.

The Anchor Partner capacity comprises 15 zip codes, 60,000 employees, and 112,000 students with $2.5 billion in annual spending.

Each anchor partner has committed its CEO or authorized senior executive representative to participate in quarterly Partnership meetings to provide policy guidance and strategic direction; senior staff participation in work groups to shape and implement our initiatives; and financial support. 

Augsburg President Paul Pribbenow serves as the Chair of the Partnership.  Counsel and management support is provided by Smith Partners PLLP and Ellen Watters Consulting. 

We focus our work geographically within the zip codes along or near the Green Line.

For more information, please contact:

Louis N. Smith 
Smith Partners, P.L.L.P.
612-344-1400
smith@smithpartners.com


Ellen Watters
Ellen Watters Consulting
651-208-1480
Ellenwatters@comcast.net