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Aug 2016
Launched in 2001, Discovery Park is a $1.15 billion research enterprise based on funding received through sponsored research, private gifts and endowments. Large-scale interdisciplinary research is carried out in Discovery Park with an emphasis on driving innovations to the marketplace. Faculty, students and staff at Discovery Park are focused on solving complex, ‘wicked’ challenges at the nexus of energy, food, water and the environment, and in global health and global security.

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Aug 2016
In 2014, the Lilly Endowment invested $40 million to advance Purdue initiatives that will promote economic development throughout Indiana. The Lilly Endowment invested in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center, the Flex Lab, the Bechtel Innovation Design Center, the expansion of the Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories, and faculty development that helped transform the Purdue College of Technology into the Purdue Polytechnic Institute.

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Aug 2016
The Iowa State University Research Park is a 400-acre technology community situated at the southern edge of the Iowa State University campus employing 1,700 individuals, including more than 350 interns, at 65 technology-based companies and specialized university centers. It created an infrastructure of services to help fledgling businesses find assistance with everything from business development, to financing, to access to researchers and talent throughout campus.

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Aug 2016
The Iowa State University BioCentury Research Farm is the first-in-the-nation integrated research and demonstration facility dedicated to biomass production and processing. This one-of-a-kind facility allows the integration of the production, transportation, storage and processing of agronomic crops to end products.

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Aug 2016
Iowa State University's Extension and Outreach’s Community and Economic Development (CED) program is engaging diversity for a strong Iowa – encouraging business development, helping to create jobs, and expanding entrepreneurial activity to support economic growth and improve quality of life.

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Aug 2016
To address the need for culturally competent oral health providers, East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine (ECU-SoDM) established Community Service Learning Centers (CSLCs) across the state. This model is unique. Community-based teaching clinics as extensions of a centralized dental school exist nowhere else in the world and could serve as the model for “dental schools of the future”.

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Aug 2016
One strategy to address the teacher shortage in hard to staff rural counties in eastern North Carolina is SECU Partnership East (SECU-PE). SECU-PE provides access to high quality teacher education degrees for students several hours away from the university. The partnership engages 43 school systems, 20 community colleges, 1 Air Force Base, ECU and $2.28 million from the State Employees Credit Union Foundation.

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Aug 2016
From 2000 to 2013 Project HEART (High Expectations for At-Risk Teens) placed tutors in schools, on college campuses and in afterschool programs to help high-risk kids in eastern North Carolina. Using lessons learned from Project HEART, ECU-COE continued its work with AmeriCorps and from 2013-2016 implemented Operation LINK. More than 180 AmeriCorps members served in Operation LINK and leveraged an additional 650 volunteers who provided mentoring services from 2015-2016 to approximately 1289 military children and youth in after school programs. In 2016 STEM-Corps East became the third AmeriCorps initiative and it is designed to help K-8 students who are struggling to master STEM concepts.

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Aug 2016
UMass Lowell developed the Community Co-op Scholars Program to match student passion and talent with community-based organizations seeking assistance. The program engages students early in their college careers, urging them to participate in meaningful, practical experiences that enrich learning and prepare them for work, life and the world.

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Aug 2016
The DifferenceMaker program engages students in launching sustainable new products, services and ventures that solve problems that matter. The program has served over 20,000 university students and provided over $153,000 in funds to 52 different student ventures.

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