The Center for Rural Partnerships is transitioning.  New website coming soon!

Effective February 29, 2016 the Center for Rural Partnerships will be renamed the Center for Business and Community Partnerships (CBCP). The CBCP will continue to convene PSU’s research, outreach, and educational capacities in support of collaborative projects, with a renewed focus on commercial and not-for-profit industry. The CBCP will help students and faculty develop open laboratories built upon sponsored research, knowledge transfer, and field-based student engagement. Ben Amsden will remain as Director of this new Center. Look for more information from Ben and his team in the coming weeks.

What is the Center for Business and Community Partnerships? The Center for Business and Community Partnerships (CBCP) is an ecosystem of innovation. The CBCP dedicates Plymouth State University’s research, outreach, and educational capacities to advance collaborative, reciprocal projects that support commercial and not-for-profit industry while contributing to student engagement and faculty development.

 What does the Center do? The Center creates pathways linking industry partners to the strategic clusters in which PSU scholars and students collaborate on issues of scientific, intellectual, social, economic, environmental and cultural importance. More specifically, the Center develops interdisciplinary partnerships and open laboratories built upon the following services:

Sponsored Research

  • Demonstration research
  • Economic impact research
  • Basic & applied research
  • Community Implementation

Knowledge Transfer

  • Tech transfer
  • Commercialization
  • Strategic planning
  • Professional Development

 Access to Core Facilities

  • Lab & library access
  • Meeting space
  • Classrooms
  • Teaching Technology

Who does the CBCP partner with? The CBCP supports partners and projects from the commercial (for-profit) sector, the not-for-profit sector, and the creative/cultural sector. Any member of a business or organization is welcome to contact the Center. The CBCP supports existing regional industries (such as tourism, agriculture, forestry) while helping faculty develop new connections throughout the global economy. In addition to creating and maintaining deep and productive off-campus networks of industry partners, the CBCP maintains relationships with PSU’s academic departments, the Office of Research and Engagement, the Enterprise Center at Plymouth, University Advancement, Marketing and Communications Services, Alumni Relations, the other Centers, and Admissions.

What are the guiding principals of the CBCP? The core values of the CBCP include reciprocity, trust, and mutual opportunity. Inherent in our work is the sense that higher education does not create and sell answers or solutions, but instead works in partnership with industry to create mutually beneficial exchanges of knowledge and resources. To this end, the CBCP’s work will be grounded in the Scholarship of Engagement, which values a democratic and deliberate advancement of the public good through participation, inclusion, and reciprocity in the problem-solving process.

What will the CBCP accomplish? The work of the CBCP demonstrates an alignment of PSU’s mission, resources, and practices. Outcomes will include:

  • Businesses and non-profits will see value in faculty and student contribution, and will support that value through grants, contracts, and non-financial support.
  • Faculty and students will be regarded by industry as change agents, ready to help solve problems.
  • Faculty will have a resource for idea development.
  • The “open-laboratory” model will flourish, having received strategic and administrative backbone support from the CBCP.
  • Students will have opportunities to develop skills and make relationships that will be of value to their careers.
  • Faculty will feel empowered to market their scholarship to the outside world.
  • PSU will be regarded as a leader in Engaged Scholarship, creating partnerships “the right way” with a focus on reciprocity and inclusion.

What problems can the CBCP help solve? The CBCP is well positioned to help solve the challenges that will emerge as PSU undergoes widespread transformative change resulting from cluster implementation. The CBCP can help in the following ways:

  • By developing financial resources for faculty, including seed funding, travel support, and grants and contract development.
  • By cultivating professional networks and connections that introduce faculty and students to off-campus partners.
  • By providing administrative support to reduce workload and help projects develop and succeed.
  • By working with others on campus (Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, Service Learning Council, External Engagement Council, Cluster Steering Committee) to create opportunities for engaged scholarship, teaching, and service that connect faculty to the cluster concept.

How is the CBCP different than the Enterprise Center at Plymouth? The Enterprise Center (ECP) is an accelerator and incubator that equips entrepreneurs and start-ups with the tools to build and grow their businesses. The CBCP, on the other hand, connects businesses of all sizes to the strategic clusters in which PSU expertise resides. In addition, the CBCP maintains links to the not-for profit and creative/cultural sectors, which lie beyond the scope of the ECP. In other words, the ECP is one of many regional resources that the CBCP convenes in support of projects to help grow strategic clusters and faculty capacity.

At Acadia National Park

Field Engagement Program: Snowy Owl Expedition Video

In January 2014 Plymouth State University’s Center for Rural Partnerships traveled to Acadia National Park with a group of students to search for snowy owls and collect data for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird program.

Field experiences like this provide a unique opportunity for students to conduct actual field work and discover what is like to work as an Environmental Scientist. Campus videographer Jeremy Gasowski, accompanied by student assistant Roy power, joined the FEP to document the expedition. Watch the video to learn more!

The Ammonoosuc Atlantic Salmon Survey:

An Experience in Service Learning

Environmental Science and Policy undergraduates recently partnered with NH Fish & Game and Trout Unlimited on the Ammonoosuc Atlantic Salmon Survey. Students had a chance to build field skills, network with professionals. It also prompted deep consideration of  just how complex environmental decision making can be. Students asked questions about why fish stocking programs even exsist, what implications stocked  fish populations have on native populations.   The experience underscored the relationship  among environmental, social and economic concerns For more info and to check out the video follow this link to the PSU YouTube channel:

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(603) 535-3276

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