The Regional Engagement and Economic Development division was formed to partner with the communities that Wichita State University serves to increase capacity, improve sustainability, and foster conditions necessary for economic prosperity. We strive to promote the mission of the university to be an essential educational, cultural and economic driver for Kansas and the greater public good.
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The Public Policy and Management Center advances public good by strengthening people, organizations and communities through research and talent development.
Our Why ...
The communities that we serve are inclusive of both those on and off campus, persons and organized groups, as well as government and non-government entities. Wichita State University is the state’s major urban research and innovation university. As such, we are committed to increasing economic development and prosperity for the people and communities of Kansas by addressing income inequality and overcoming health and education disparities.
The Division of Regional Engagement and Economic Development (REED) has adopted the following definitions of engagement and economic development, from a framework developed by the University Economic Development Association’s (UEDA).
In higher education, economic development means proactive institutional engagement, with partners and stakeholders, in sustainable growth of the competitive capacities that contribute to the advancement of society through the realization of individual, firm, community, and regional-to-global economic and social potential.
REED partners with community stakeholders to create the conditions necessary for economic prosperity. Wichita State honors its history as a municipal university in our efforts to engage the community in ways that support our neighborhood, city, region, state and beyond. The division is a part of a larger university effort to drive economics, education, and culture. The other components of the university strategy include
- The Office of Innovation and New Ventures
- The Office of Industry Engagement and Applied Learning
- The Office of Governmental Relations and Strategy
What We Do
The Division of Regional Engagement and Economic Development (REED) supports the university mission by:
- Developing strong, meaningful, and high impact partnerships with government agencies, industry,educational institutions, and non-governmental community organizations.
- Coordinating across the campus to create and expand innovative applied research and community-based projects by our faculty, staff, and students.
- Working with other university divisions to actively engage our alumni, donors, and friends to give of their time, ideas, and financial support.
- Researching new and emerging ways to address disparities and drive economic growth.
- Tracking our efforts and progress in a transparent manner with our internal and external stakeholders.
- Management of partnerships with numerous groups
- Front-door for community agents who desire connection to campus community
- Connection to faculty and staff
- Assistance with project visioning and development
- General oversight
- Grant solicition
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