GPCCRS awarded contract for rural development project
The Great Plains Center for Community Research and Service at Minot State University was recently awarded a $69,000 contract from the Rural Economic Area Partnership Investment Fund, Inc. to complete a project intended to enhance the economic development network across the state.
GPCCRS, along with Cavalier County Job Development Authority and SJB Consulting in Dickinson, will work on a yearlong project to provide economic developers with access to several new tools and a central location for information and education.
"We are pleased to be chosen for this project as it fits very well into our mission of serving rural communities," said Neil Scharpe, GPCCRS director.
The effort is based on feedback from the economic-developer community, collected through an assessment completed by REAP. It includes activities such as creating training videos, supporting mentorship opportunities and promoting best practices.
GPCCRS successfully proposed a web-based delivery system, where both community volunteers and professional developers would have access to training, best practices, networking, educational videos and mentoring opportunities.
The GPCCRS began in 2010 to strengthen the quality of life in rural communities through community and university research and service partnerships that identify, research and take steps toward addressing rural community quality of life issues. To learn more about GPCCRS, visit www.minotstateu.edu/gpccrs.
For more information about GPCCRS and the REAP contact, contact Belinda Strotheide, GPCCRS grants coordinator, at 858-4215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.