Tacoma Anchor Network

The Tacoma Anchor Network increases coordination between Tacoma’s place-based institutions in order to facilitate equitable economic development, reduce health and economic disparities across Tacoma, and adopt an anti-racist approach to addressing systemic inequities.

The Network is committed to strengthening community trust in institutions; improving community health, safety, and wellbeing; and building an economy that allows everyone in Tacoma to achieve their full potential.

Network Members:

  • Bates Technical College
  • City of Tacoma
  • Greater Tacoma Community
  • Foundation
  • Metro Parks Tacoma
  • MultiCare
  • Tacoma Community College
  • Tacoma Housing Authority
  • Tacoma Public Schools
  • Pierce County Transit
  • University of Puget Sound
  • University of Washington, Tacoma
  • Virginia Mason Franciscan Health

What Are Anchor Institutions?

Anchor Institutions are organizations that are rooted in place and wield significant economic and social influence. Often public or nonprofit organizations, they are unlikely to relocate or disinvest from the locations in which they are located. In recognition of this unique position, anchor institutions can hold themselves and each other accountable to the broader community by intentionally and voluntarily leveraging their influence to address local disparities in partnership with the most impacted groups in the community.

What Are The Network Priorities?

The Tacoma Anchor Network has committed to focusing on three areas through the development of their strategic framework:

Hiring: Creating pathways to connect all Tacoma residents to local, stable, and living wage employment and careers;

Purchasing: Increasing purchasing and contracting from local businesses, with a focus on minority- and women-owned businesses;

Investing: Aligning investments to address root causes of housing insecurity and other disparities highlighted in Tacoma’s Equity Index

2021 Working Groups

Healthcare Apprenticeship Pathways: In partnership with the National League of Cities and Workforce Central, the Network will develop pathways for healthcare careers and apprenticeships focused on addressing barriers to workforce participation for low and no-income residents.

Local Procurement Landscape: In partnership with Emerald Cities Collaborative and Healthcare Without Harm, the Network will conduct an analysis of local anchor economic impact with the goal of sharing baseline data with the community and identifying opportunities for local procurement and investment together.

Addressing Affordable Housing: The Network will survey the landscape of opportunities for anchor institutions to invest in development of affordable housing in Tacoma with the goal of identifying an impactful project in 2021.

Organizational Capacity: The network will explore funding and resource needs to adequately support collaboration in the coming years.

Do you want to learn More?

You can learn more about the strategic framework that the anchors have adopted, their history, and their vision for the future by reading The Tacoma Anchor Network Strategic Framework document.

For more information, or if you are interested in getting involved with the Network, please contact:
Bucoda Warren,
Strategic Initiatives Coordinator,
City of Tacoma