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Social Entrepreneurship: An Evidence-Based Approach to Creating Social Value by Wolfgang Bielefeld, Chao Guo

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chapter TEN

Boundary Spanning and Social Entrepreneurship

In January 1992, Bethlehem Steel announced plans to close part of its plant in Steelton, Pennsylvania.1 This would mean a loss of 400 jobs and an uncertain future for 1,600 others. In response, the New Baldwin Corridor Coalition was established to bring together various partners—including business, government, labor, education, and community organizations—to develop conditions that foster the general economic and social development of the Steelton community. The organization was named for a commercial district of nearby Middletown. The impetus for the Coalition came from Ike Gittlen, the local steelworkers' union president, who saw an opportunity to galvanize community support around a ...

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