The Anchor Institutions Task Force (AITF), a growing network of around 700 leaders promoting the engagement of anchor institutions in community and economic development, is holding its Annual Conference on October 26 and 27 in New York City at the Marriott Eastside at 525 Lexington Avenue (at 49th Street).  As you may know, AITF conferences have continued to fuel the growth of the field of leaders promoting how anchor institutions can deepen their engagement in their localities and regions. The conference will begin with an evening reception on October 26.  The majority of the conference program taking place on October 27 will include an exciting array of speakers, from across the nation and world, representing higher education, health care, government, the arts, business, and other fields.  Speakers’ presentations will address the various ways in which anchor institutions can make valuable contributions to community and economic development.  The frame of the conference agenda can be found here.