May 31, 2011 Leave a comment
The University of Missouri’s Extension Community Economic and Entrepreneurial Development program (ExCEED) works with local communities to foster economic development by promoting entrepreneurial initiatives. McQuinn Center Faculty Research Fellow Mary Leuci, MU Assistant Dean for Community Development Extension, provides administrative and programmatic leadership for ExCEED.
ExCEED was recently nominated for the 2011 C. Peter Magrath University/Community Engagement Award, sponsored by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), which recognizes “programs that demonstrate how colleges and universities have redesigned their learning, discovery, and engagement functions to become even more involved with their communities.” The nomination highlighted MU’s work in the Mississippi River Hills Region and Ozark Heritage Region to promote entrepreneurship and regional economic development.
MU Extension was also one of eight groups selected by USDA-Rural Development to pilot the new regional economic development curriculum Stronger Economies Together (SET). SET “is designed to help regional groups in rural areas to identify their economic strengths and opportunities and to formulate a plan to capitalize on those assets.” Two regional groups, Old Trails Regional Partnership and Lake Ozark Regional Economic Development Council, were the two participants in Missouri. Sharon Gulick, MU Extension’s Community Economic and Entrepreneurial Development program (ExCEED) Director, is providing leadership and serves on the national development team for SET.