Culver-Stockton College’s Tri-State Development program receives national award from UEDA

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From left, UEDA President Dominique Halaby, associate provost at Georgia Southern University; Leslie Sieck, vice president for economic and workforce development at Culver-Stockton College; UEDA board member Jenny Mizutowicz, director of economic development, City of Richardson, Texas. | Photo courtesy of Culver-Stockton College

CANTON, Mo. — Culver-Stockton College recently was awarded the University Economic Development Association’s Engaged University Award of Excellence for the college’s Tri-State Development program.

The college was awarded the honor during the UEDA Summit, Innovating for a Sustainable Future, held Oct. 8-10 in Salt Lake City, Utah. C-SC was a finalist for the award along with the University of Texas at Dallas and Virginia Tech University.

In a press release, Leslie Sieck, executive director of the Tri-State Development and vice president for economic and workforce development at C-SC, said, “It is a great honor for Culver-Stockton College to be named the winner of the prestigious Engaged University Award of Excellence for the work that we are doing through the Tri-State Development program. We are proud to have leaders from higher education institutions across the country validate our efforts and recognize the impact we are making.”

UEDA, established in 1976, works to bring together higher learning institutions, nonprofits, business leaders, government organizations and community economic groups to enhance economic opportunity in both a local and regional capacity.

C-SC’s Tri-State Development program seeks to develop an environment for collective impact to help build a thriving economy and workforce throughout northeast Missouri, southeast Iowa, and western Illinois. The finalist that best represents initiatives that drive regional academic, organizational, community and industrial success is chosen by the UEDA following a six-month competitive process that includes a detailed application, peer reviews and presentations.

“This award is a symbol of our commitment to being a true partner in the communities we serve. We will continue to support and invest in the programs, projects and people of the region,” Sieck said.

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