By creating a balance between local autonomy and regional unity, the NHED colleges will be positioned as resources for the region’s communities, employers, and students. Acknowledging that the future will be marked by continued growth in competition, NHED colleges will find ways to expand potential student markets to include the incumbent workforce, and will develop institutional niches as a result. In this way NHED colleges will be truly anchored to their communities and capable of cooperating with other colleges to cost-effectively provide quality education for smaller numbers of students. To do this, NHED colleges will share institutional services, increase instructional investment, and reward creativity and innovation.