What would happen if every anchor institution in your city — your universities, libraries, parks, major sports facilities, and museums — were in perfect alignment around a few big goals, contributing their maximum to your city’s success and their own?

Our guests this week are leading anchor institutions with imagination and energy, and they are key participants in an upcoming discussion to take place May 1st and 2nd in San Jose on the topic of Leveraging Anchor Institutions for Urban Success.

Paul Holdengraber is the Director of Public Programs and LIVE from the NYPL at the New York Public Library. Josephine Ramirez is Vice President of Programming and Planning at the Music Center in Los Angeles.

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