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Economic and Workforce Development

An Appalachian Summer Festival Appalachian State University Project Description: Appalachian State University's Office of Arts & Cultural Programs established An Appalachian Summer Festival in 1984. This multi-arts festival is scheduled throughout the month of July, with events staged on and around the university campus in Boone, North Carolina. Featuring a wide array of music, dance and theatre performances, as well as visual arts exhibitions, films, lectures and workshops, the event has a positive influence on the cultural landscape and quality of life of western North Carolina, and contributes to economic development of the region by promoting it as a unique travel destination. The festival is part of a larger Cultural Affairs program at Appalachian that promotes the teaching mission of the university through year-round visual and performing arts programming serving university students, community members, visitors, and K-12 students from across the region. Read more >>

Developing Green Jobs Curriculum for Workforce Development Eastern Connecticut State University Project Description: ECSU has partnered with Workplace Inc. on the Department of Labor ARRA grant, ‘Pathways from Poverty’ and provides program design and curriculum for the “Green-Up Bridgeport” job training program. This two year initiative engages 700 unemployed participants from Bridgeport’s 12 most impoverished neighborhoods, providing training to successfully place participants in “Green” jobs. Participants are exposed to hundreds of green job opportunities utilizing four career ladders. These ladders recognize an ascending range of opportunities from entry level jobs to family supporting sustainable careers. The exploratory curriculum is taught over four one week sessions, after which participants progress into placement in their chosen field. Read more >>

Encouraging Entrepreneurship at Northern Illinois University Northern Illinois University Project Description: NIU seeks to encourage innovation among faculty and students in programs across campus, and is employing a multi-faceted approach to make the knowledge, experiences, skills and attitudes associated with entrepreneurship more accessible to individuals outside of the College of Business. To this end, existing faculty and staff associated with entrepreneurship programs in the Colleges of Business and Engineering/Engineering Technology are reaching out to students, faculty and staff from other academic disciplines within the university. University resources are being invested in new initiatives focused on expanding the opportunities for entrepreneurship training and industry collaboration available to members of all academic disciplines. In addition, NIU is actively supporting pre-college entrepreneurship education programs in Illinois. Read more >>

NIU Regional Engagement Office in Rockford, Illinois Northern Illinois University Project Description: The Office for Regional Engagement/Rockford was established in 2009 to create a comprehensive engagement strategy for NIU in the Rockford region, and this investment has resulted in some of NIU’s most significant, innovative and enduring community partnerships. Rockford is home to one of three NIU regional centers. Whereas all three regional centers provide graduate and undergraduate classes, as well as continuing professional education and conference facilities for businesses and organizations, the NIU-Rockford office has been able to develop opportunities above and beyond academic program delivery and conferencing functions. Read more >>

Procurement Technical Assistance Program Troy University Project Description: The Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) was authorized by Congress in 1985 in an effort to expand the number of businesses capable of participating in the government marketplace. Administered by the Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the program provides matching funds through cooperative agreements with state and local governments and non-profit organizations for the establishment of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) to provide procurement assistance. In 1989, the Alabama PTAC program was funded and became part of an existing statewide Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network with established partnerships at state-funded universities.  The Troy University PTAC program remains a component of the SBDC, currently operating within the Center for International Business and Economic Development (CIBED).  The program is dedicated to helping Southeast Alabama businesses compete successfully in the government marketplace and has become an important part of CIBED’s overall economic development mission. Read more >>

Rural Health Innovation Collaborative Indiana State University Project Description: The Rural Health Innovation Collaborative (RHIC) works to improve health care in rural Indiana by increasing the number of qualified rural healthcare professionals. Institutional partners in the RHIC include Indiana State University, Union Hospital and its Lugar Center for Rural Health, Hamilton Center (mental health services), Indiana University School of Medicine – Terre Haute, Ivy Tech Community College, Terre Haute Economic Development Corporation, and the City of Terre Haute. RHIC priorities include expanding health care businesses, generating research opportunities, providing health care training programs, and ultimately improving access to rural medical care. The RHIC was created in September 2008 and became a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation in December 2009. Read more >>

Terre Haute Innovation Alliance Indiana State University Project Description: Created in 2008 the Terre Haute Innovation Alliance is a partnership between the City of Terre Haute, Terre Haute Economic Development Corporation, Indiana State University (ISU) and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT). ISU and RHIT provide university commercialization services to companies in the process of developing or expanding their products.ISU provides limited business incubation space in the Myers Technology Center.The Alliance program at ISU is managed by the Business Engagement Center.  Services also are provided to client companies through the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Ventures program. Prospects for the program can be identified by any of the partners and are reviewed by all of the partners. Read more >>

Community Development Institute (CDI) Central University of Central Arkansas Project Description: UCA established the first community development institute in 1987 and has since trained over 3,000 community and economic developers from the state and region. Read more >>