CHICAGO — Polk Bros. Foundation provided the lead gift to launch Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy (CASE), a new local economic development initiative. The new program will strengthen Chicago’s economy by building ties between the city’s largest anchor institutions and its neighborhood-based businesses, in turn impacting local firms, increasing community and neighborhood vitality, strengthening the region’s business-to-business platform, generating jobs, and helping grow the regional economy.
CASE is a program of World Business Chicago, which issued a news release to announce the launch.
CASE is made possible by contributions from member anchor institutions, and a grant from the Polk Bros. Foundation. Anchor institutions can include educational institutions, hospitals and health care centers, civic institutions, government, and large corporations, especially those headquartered in the Chicago region. CASE will add anchor institution members throughout the course of 2014.
“We are pleased to support CASE with a launch grant because we believe that the purchasing power of these anchor institutions can significantly benefit Chicago’s communities, foster balanced development, generate local jobs, and result in a stronger local business economy,” said the Polk Bros. Foundation CEO Gillian Darlow.