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Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council Wins Presidents’ Award
Bedford, NH—On April 15th, Jac Cuddy, Executive Director of the Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council, received a Presidents’ Community Partner Award from the Campus Compact for New Hampshire for its contributions on behalf of Granite State College. Also presented at the luncheon at CR Sparks event center were Presidents’ Leadership and Good Steward awards.
The award was given in recognition of the Council’s work that has “enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful ways and engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with a college or university.” Granite State College serves the greater Carroll County area from its location at the Mt. Washington Valley Tech Village in Conway, a project of the Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council.
In accepting the award of behalf of the Council, Cuddy commented, “From the beginning, when we first started talking about the possibility of developing the Tech Village, we knew that education was going to be key component. To be successful, the Tech Village would need to include business assistance resources, a business incubator for start-ups, land for development by expanding or relocating businesses, and educational resources so that businesses would be assured of a trained and educated workforce. Having Granite State College on site is important as they offer flexible bachelor’s and associate degrees and workforce training, it meets the needs of both employers and working adults.”
Cuddy was also part of a panel presentation at the event that explored the impact service has on students and community partners. During it, he discussed the impact students have on the Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council and the local economy, and how campus community partnerships enhance the community. Cuddy was joined on the panel by four college students from around the state; the panel was moderated by Charles Lloyd, Coordinator of Campus Activities and Community Service Programs at NH Technical Institute, Concord.
The Campus Compact for New Hampshire is a statewide consortium of college and university presidents and private sector partners who are united in their commitment to the civic purposes of higher education. The organization works in close collaboration with the New Hampshire College & University Council, the New Hampshire Department of Education, Volunteer NH!, and the Corporation for National & Community Service, and the national Campus Compact.
Founded in 1990, the Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council was created to address a clear need for long-range economic planning for the region that values the preservation of the region’s natural beauty. The Council enhances the Mt. Washington Valley communities and the lives of those who live and work here by fostering the formation of new businesses, attracting businesses to relocate to the area, and helping these businesses diversify, prosper and enhance their sustainability.
For more information on the Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council, contact Jac Cuddy at 603-447-6622 or visit www.mwvec.com or to learn about the Tech Village visit www.thetechvillage.com.