Northwestern State University is now affiliated with the University Economic Development Association, joining over 160 organizations, including a mixture of higher education institutions and business stakeholders, sharing best practices in economic development. The partnership will further the university mission of preparing its student population “to contribute to an inclusive global community with a steadfast dedication to improving our region, state, and nation.”
“Northwestern State University’s affiliation with UEDA enables opportunistic access to a network of mission-aligned higher education institutions, private businesses and public community stakeholders with established knowledge and experience in economic advancement,” NSU President Dr. Marcus Jones said. “Through this partnership, NSU will participate in discussions, research and programs that drive the national and international conversation on economic engagement.”
The promotion and growth of NSU’s economic development strategy is central to the mission of Laurie Morrow, NSU’s executive director for Economic Development, Innovation and Outreach. According to Morrow, “this affiliation will afford us the opportunity to engage with discussions and programs on economic development, as well as observing best practices from other institutions.” UEDA also provides a valuable framework to provide focus to economic development programs and services, she added.