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September 2015 Archives

Ghana Sustainable Change Program Aims to “Do Something Real”

Imagine wandering around in the jungles of West Africa searching for water. For Kimberly Burton, assistant professor of practice in the Knowlton School's City and Regional Planning Section and the program coordinator for Ghana Sustainable Change, that's just a part of her job. "We went out, not just into the rural villages, but actually out to the jungle where many people get their water sources, and got to test some of the streams," Burton said. "I was in the middle of one of the hikes, and I texted my friends and family ... 'I'm hiking in the jungle looking for water...it's the coolest thing ever.' It was awesome."

Positive Economic Impact in Appalachia

Over the course of a decade, the Endeavor Center has helped local businesses create more than 2,500 jobs and retain 10,000 more, adding to the local community almost $200 million of direct economic activity, which is significant in this part of the state. Our clients have been able to claim more than $110 million in sales increases and over $87 million in capital infusion, which includes loans approved, grants obtained and other funding opportunities.

Engagement is:

The collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

- Carnegie Foundation (2008)

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Office of Outreach and Engagement
203 Bricker Hall
190 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: (614) 247-7795
E-mail: engage@osu.edu