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


  • Elgin L. Klugh Coppin State University
  • Ronald C. Williams Coppin State University



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


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. 

Author Biographies

Elgin L. Klugh, Coppin State University

Elgin Klugh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice & Applied Social and Political Sciences at Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD. An Urban Anthropologist, his primary areas of interest include Community Revitalization, Cultural Landscapes, Heritage, and African American History and Culture.

Ronald C. Williams, Coppin State University

Ronald Williams is the Interim Dean of the Coppin State University College of Business. He received his Ph.D. in management and organization from George Washington University in Washington, D.C with concentrations in organization behavior and development and the management of science, technology and innovation. Under his leadership, the CSU College of Business was named as one of the 2015 Top 50 Small Business Programs in the country by the Business Resource Guide.


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