Philadelphia Anchors for Growth and Equity is a partnership between the Economy League, the City of Philadelphia and leading “Eds and Meds” anchor institutions that seeks to increase local purchasing by large institutional buyers to grow businesses, strengthen the local economy, create jobs, and build wealth.
The Economy League will work with institutional buyers to identify and define opportunities for local, diverse companies. Simultaneously, the project team will partner with organizations that represent small businesses in Philadelphia to identify suppliers to take advantage of those opportunities.
If you are interested in participating in the initiative as a supplier, buyer, or support organization, please contact Mariya Khandros at PAGE@economyleague org.
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The Economy League will use its expertise in data analysis to provide insight into institutional purchasing trends in the Philadelphia region.
The PAGE team will work with anchors to collect and analyze actual purchasing data and provide ongoing reports that offer a city-wide view into purchasing challenges and opportunities within anchor institutions. The PAGE team will collect purchasing and local supplier data from all anchors on an annual basis and use it evaluate the implementation of best practices. Over the next three years, the primary project falling under ‘data analysis’ will be the creation of a technology platform that enables the Economy League to collect, analyze and distribute information about capable local suppliers and opportunities within the Philadelphia business community and anchor institutions.
Reducing Barriers for Local Businesses
The Economy League will work closely with institutional buyers to identify and address barriers that reduce local participation.
Local businesses face a variety of barriers to accessing purchasing opportunities with anchor institutions. These barriers include a lack of information, lack of access to the right decision makers, long sales cycle, high bonding requirements, and business capacity. Because of its ability to convene decision makers at key institutions, the Economy League is well-positioned to address many of these challenges at a systemic level. In 2019, the PAGE team will tackle the first barrier – lack of information - by publishing an “Eds and Meds contracts forecast,” similar to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s annual construction forecast to help businesses be aware of and prepare for upcoming RFP opportunities.
Engaging Supply Chain Integrators
Economy League will use our members' collective voice to invite major suppliers to participate in the initiative.
One of the benefits of a city-wide strategy is the ability to use the members’ collective voice to invite major suppliers to institutions to follow the lead of their anchor clients and develop a local purchasing strategy. The Economy League has already demonstrated the effectiveness of this approach, when we encouraged two anchors to incorporate local purchasing language in their food service RFP, resulting in a major food service company increasing local supplier engagement. Going forward, the Economy League will build on this success and continue to find new ways to increase local purchasing done by SCIs. For example, the Economy League will expand the anchors’ individual efforts by identifying areas of opportunity where pooled demand could catalyze the creation or relocation of a business. In 2019, in addition to the ongoing process of building relationships and trust, the Economy League will work on two joint projects: medical laundry and a processing center for misshapen or “ugly” fruits and vegetables (seconds) from local farms.
BACKGROUND & RESOURCES
Prior to its adoption by the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia as the organization's first project in the Shared Solutions portfolio, PAGE was incubated in the City Controller’s Office from 2014 until 2017. The City Controller’s Policy Unit published two reports analyzing the economic promise of an anchor purchasing initiative:
The Survey of Current and Potential Impact of Local Procurement by Philadelphia Anchor Institutions (January 2014) quantifies the potential economic impact of a city-wide city procurement strategy.
Anchoring Our Local Economy: Developing a Local Procurement Strategy for Philadelphia’s Higher Education and Healthcare Institutions (April 2015) identifies the most promising categories for localizing anchor spend.