Creating a University Driven “Ingepreneurial” Ecosystem in West Baltimore: A Strategy for Rust Belt Revitalization

Elgin L. Klugh, Ronald C. Williams


The legacy of deindustrialization and associated underemployment continues to plague many former industrial communities. In these spaces, universities serve as anchors providing gateways for individual economic empowerment, and as ‘brain centers’ charged with generating solutions for societal problems.  This paper explores the development of The Center for Strategic Ingepreneurship (CSI) at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland. Strategic Ingepreneurship is seen here as a practical, innovative, solution-based approach to address under-performing job creation. The Center will serve as a university-based entity to facilitate the development and dissemination of ingepreneurial knowledge and skills through research, teaching, and practice. 


entrepreneurship, anchor institution, socioeconomic trajectory, community engagement, deindustrialization

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