The U.S. Economic Development Administration recently announced that Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Rogers State University are two of the winners in its 2013 University Center Economic Development Program Competition.
Southwestern is receiving $102,590 to provide technical assistance to communities in order to promote a favorable business environment that will help attract private capital investment and create higher-skill, higher-wage jobs.
Rogers State is receiving $102,590 to promote the advancement of innovation in the support of a more competitive, efficient, and entrepreneurial spirit in northeastern Oklahoma through a business mentoring program
Through the competition, the EDA is providing a total of $2.5 million in grants to 19 colleges and universities in 10 states to run five-year programs that will leverage university assets to promote American innovation and strengthen regional economies. This year’s competition was open to higher education institutions in states supported by EDA’s Austin and Denver regional offices.