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Economic Development

Under this model, students engage in assessing and developing ideas for developing the community in ways that are inclusive and sustainable. Examples include:

Co-curricular service: Students living in the residence halls plan a food drive for the Stevens County Food Shelf.

Service-learning: Economics students conduct a survey for the City of Benson to determine why people leave town to go shopping and what non-existent retail options or other changes would keep people in town.

Service-learning course: About barriers to implementing environmentally friendly household habits.

Engaged research: A faculty member conducts a study of people who are dealing with housing crises in the region to determine how community leaders can find a solution.

Institutional engagement: The Morris campus has a policy to buy as many products and services as possible from businesses within a 100 mile radius, and to purchase outside that radius only if the cost is twice as much or the product is not available regional.