Coös County is a special place, rich in natural resources, beautiful landscapes, inspiring cultural resources, and a work force with a broad base of talents and areas of expertise. The region faces challenges, and success will emerge from existing assets. Collaboration with a comprehensive university can (and should) be a significant resource for the process of fostering economic revitalization.
Indeed, Plymouth State University (PSU) has implemented a number of projects and initiatives that demonstrate its commitment to the North Country. With funding from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, we will continue to build our capacity to serve and collaborate with Coös County partners.
Developing new collaborative relationships and strengthening existing partnerships bestows benefits to PSU and its partners. Collaborative projects that include PSU faculty, staff, and students mobilizes University resources for the benfit of Coös County organizations. At the same time, Coös partnerships create enriching experiences for the students, staff, and faculty of PSU. Our mutual endeavors also strengthen personal relationships between the campus community and Coös County that have lasting benefits and increase the likelihood of future joint efforts.
Many of New Hampshire’s rural communities seek to retain the population of talented young people, and to promote a cadre of young leaders. Plymouth State University is one of the key institutions of higher education that serves Coös County, providing high quality, student-centered degree programs in teacher education, health and wellness, tourism development, business, environmental studies, outdoor recreation, the arts, and other fields that relate to the current and future needs of the region. As such, there is enormous potential in increasing our collaboration to develop the next generation of Coös County leaders.