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Intentional Procurement: Linking Procurement to Racial Equity and Economic Development

We know how institutions of higher learning can elevate entire communities. For years, colleges and universities have been some of our most critical partners, recruiting talent, driving economic growth, and shaping the development of entire districts. U3 was honored to join our colleagues at CUMU for a conversation about some of the things we’ve learned building strategies alongside these anchor institutions — and where we see opportunities in the year ahead.

Click on the video below to tune into the conversation with U3’s Vice President of Research Shea O’Neill; Antonina Simeti of the Buffalo Purchasing Initiative; Linda Deni of the University of Buffalo; and Sue McCartney and Mauricio Canton Diaz of Buffalo State College.

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