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Cullowhee, NC 28723
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Collaborative Partnerships

EDA University Center Program

The Rapid Center is a partner within WCU's EDA University Center, a program of the Economic Development Administration (EDA).  An agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the EDA-supported University Center (UC) Program is specifically designed to marshal the resources located within colleges and universities to support regional economic development strategies in regions of chronic and acute economic distress.

The UCs, which EDA considers long-term partners in economic development, are required to devote the majority of their funding to respond to technical assistance requests originating from organizations located in the economically distressed portions of their service regions.


EDA Partners


Small Business and Technology Development Center

Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

WCU's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is committed to providing you with the skills necessary to think creatively, successfully launch your own business, or help an employer launch or grow a business.

To learn more about the Center, meet our faculty or contact us

Economic Development Administration

The Economic Development Administration, or EDA, is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The EDA's University Center Economic Development Program makes the resources of universities available to the economic development community. Institutions of higher education have extensive resources, including specialized research, outreach, technology transfer and commercialization capabilities, as well as recognized faculty expertise and sophisticated laboratories.

Visit the School

Please visit the Kimmel School to learn more about what the school is doing as a leader in higher education and as a partner in technology-led economic development throughout the region.


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