University of Missouri-St. Louis
UMSL's Community Partnership Project (CPP) works with MU Extension through a variety of efforts by addressing the needs of residents in the St. Louis metropolitan area and statewide. During 2012, highlights included:
- CPP launched the St. Louis Healthy Corner Store Project, designed to increase the availability of nutritious and fresh foods at small markets in St. Louis neighborhoods. Operating as a partnership with the City of St. Louis, neighborhood organizations and local corner stores, the project will work in 12 city neighborhoods for three years to increase access to healthful foods and provide nutrition education.
- Twenty-one Neighborhood Leadership Academy graduates completed a course and returned to their communities armed with the skills necessary to develop and sustain leadership, create and implement community improvement initiatives, and manage community-building organizations.
- During its third year, UMSL Students of Service engaged more than 600 college students in service activities in schools and neighborhoods surrounding the UMSL campus.
- Conferences and seminars linked residents with University resources and covered key urban issues, including the impact of community gardens, opportunities for city and county cooperation, and the impact of community development corporations.
In addition, UMSL faculty members partnered with MU Extension on three other statewide program efforts.
- The Local Government Partnership serves as a resource in the St. Louis region and statewide through which local government officials can access quality information, assistance and training.
- The Missouri Youth Engaged in Local Government program teaches students about local government in Missouri and involves them in identifying and resolving issues confronting their own communities.
- The Small Business and Technology Development Center at UMSL provides training and technical assistance for new and existing businesses in the region. In 2012, the center offered seminars, workshops and counseling designed to serve startup and existing businesses.
University of Missouri-Kansas City
The urban mission at UMKC is directly tied with the work of MU Extension and the UMKC Institute for Human Development (IHD). As an urban-serving institution, this partnership has the opportunity to reach into the community and build the capacity of individuals and organizations as they respond to community issues. This work cuts across topics related to education, transition of youth to adulthood, healthy lifestyles, employment and other issues related to community development.
A primary part of the urban mission is to incorporate scholarly and community engagement by uniting community leaders, youth, parents, professionals and other interested parties. These capacity-building efforts create environments promoting access to quality programs and services.
MU Extension's Urban Initiative has developed impact teams to promote research, exploration and program development to address health disparities in the state. Each of three teams will explore a different, but related, strategy to improve health and reduce health disparities in Missouri communities.
Alianzas effectively supports the concept of community inclusion for underserved populations. It supports MU Extension, its partners and Missouri communities by recognizing and responding to the unique challenges of Hispanic residents in Missouri, using a community-based, collaborative learning approach. Alianzas strives to help communities collaborate with growing immigrant Latino populations, and to develop relationships with the Kansas City Hispanic community.
In partnership with UMKC's Center on Aging Studies, IHD had a central role in creating the Consortium on Aging at UMKC. Its goals are to interpret outcomes, set standards, promote evidence-based practices, offer problem-solving resources and provide leadership.
The UMKC Innovation Center partners with the university and the community to spark entrepreneurial efforts. With several high-impact programs - the Small Business and Technology Development Center, the Procurement Technical Assistance Center and KCSourcelink - the center helps emerging and existing business owners hone skills, evaluate commercialization opportunities and connect with the right resources.
Missouri University of Science & Technology
Missouri S&T's Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development manages the Technology Development Center at Innovation Park. The center provides a home for startup companies launched by faculty, students and community entrepreneurs.
Missouri S&T's Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development (TTED) helps grow Missouri's economy by advancing technology commercialization, encouraging entrepreneurship and facilitating business opportunities. TTED hosts a Small Business and Technology Development Center, part of the Missouri SBTDC statewide network, to provide training and counseling to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. It also operates a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) to help Missouri businesses compete for local, state and federal government contracts.
During the year, TTED's SBTDC hosted several training conferences, including Kauffman Foundation FastTrac NewVenture programs, in collaboration with Workforce Development, which targeted displaced workers in the region. It provided 1,186 hours of counseling to 106 clients. TTED's PTAC helped almost 200 clients secure more than $10 million in contracts and awards.
In 2012, TTED relocated to the Technology Development Center at Innovation Park. TTED manages the facility, the first to be constructed on Missouri S&T's 50-acre research park, designed as a hub of entrepreneurial and economic development activity in the region. It provides a home for technology-based companies that want to strengthen their relationships with MS&T as well as for startup companies launched by faculty, students and community entrepreneurs. Missouri Enterprise, the Rolla Regional Economic Commission, and several small businesses and early-stage companies also call the center home.
TTED's Technology Transfer Office received 46 invention disclosures (a record for MS&T), filed 22 patents applications, and executed six licenses and options. TTED also provided roughly $32,000 in aggregate funding to two MS&T research teams under its Technology Acceleration Program to finance translational research on promising innovations. One of the most exciting technologies to be developed during the year at Missouri S&T potentially could analyze Internet usage patterns to help identify signs of depression in Internet users. This work is lead by Sriram Chellappan, MS&T assistant professor of computer science. It was reported by MSNBC, CNN and The New York Times.
"The study is believed to be the first that uses actual Internet data, collected unobtrusively and anonymously, to associate Internet usage with signs of depression," Chellappan says.