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BGSU students present findings on workforce, airport, transportation studies PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:21
Civic and university leaders will gather to hear findings and recommendations on an array of community needs at the Bowling Green State University Economic Development Summit Wednesday.
Students in Bowling Green State University's Master of Public Administration Program will present their work on four projects: Bowling Green workforce needs assessment, the Bowling Green Buy Local Campaign, a Wood County Airport revenue study, and a coordinated transportation plan for Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca counties (WSOS).
The summit begins at 6 p.m. in the Holiday Inn Express, 2150 E. Wooster St. in Bowling Green. It is free and open to the public.
Listening will be BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey and Provost Rodney Rogers, city council members, members of the Wood County Regional Airport Authority and the transportation division of WSOS as well as representatives from the Bowling Green Economic Development Foundation.
The presenters are all students of Dr. Russell Mills, an assistant professor of political science. The projects were supported by BGSU's Office of Service-Learning. The various agencies and the communities receive free services through the partnership, and the students get hands-on experience in public administration.  
In addition, two summer internships have been developed as a result of the project, Mills said.
"Each project had different deliverables," he explained. "For the workforce assessment, the students researched what types of skills are needed in Bowling Green to fill the jobs that are available.
"For the transportation study, the object was to lay the foundations for a core public transportation system for Wood County, which has none.
"For the airport, the goal was to expand the revenue base by looking at such things as a tourism tie-in and enhanced land use.
"The Buy Local Campaign was probably the most visible," he said. "The students sought to forge links between the community and local businesses."
Among the class are two BGSU employees who are also alumnae, Holly Cipriani, outreach coordinator and counselor in Student Financial Aid, and Maribeth Giese, an admissions counselor. Both were in the Buy Local group.
"(Mills) chose projects that were needed by the community, offered us the most learning and could be accomplished in the 16 weeks of the semester, with actionable results," Giese said.
Along with studying what other communities have done to promote local buying, Giese said "we partnered with Sue Clanton and Sue Clark of the Bowling Green Economic Development Foundation and connected with Earlene Kilpatrick of the Chamber of Commerce to decide how to shape the campaign.

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