SU, FCADC partnership
will help boost economic development
A new partnership between Shippensburg University and the
Franklin County Area Development Corp. is designed to bolster economic
development in south-central Pennsylvania.
Formalized late last month with the signing of an agreement
by both organizations’ presidents, the partnership will take advantage of SU’s
and FCADC’s individual resources “to improve economic, entrepreneurial and
“While Shippensburg University itself has a significant economic
impact on south-central Pennsylvania, we can extend that positive influence
even further by joining the considerable resources on our campus with those of
the Franklin County Area Development Corporation,” said SU President Jody Harpster.
“We look forward to expanding not only our relationship with FCADC, but also
our commitment to serve the region that is our home.”
“The relationship between FCADC and Shippensburg University always
has been strong, but this agreement formally affirms our support for one
another and pledges that we will work collaboratively in support of initiatives
that will enhance the education and economic well-being of our region,” said L.
Michael Ross, FCADC president. “Given the transformative development currently
taking place in our region, the timing of this could not be better.”
Among the goals outlined in the agreement are:
- Promoting the region to both entrepreneurs and
existing businesses, particularly those that would benefit from research conducted
- Pursuing financial support to foster
intellectual property creation and stimulate economic development.
- Engaging alumni to promote educational and
business opportunities provided by the university.
- Teaming with local governments, chambers of
commerce and businesses to enhance economic and workforce development efforts.
The university’s outreach centers — including the Small
Business Development Center, the Center for Land Use and Sustainability and the Diller Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation — will be an important
component of the partnership, Harpster noted.