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February 28th, 2010
Perhaps one of the sea changes in the way we conduct business in Greensboro is illustrated by the way in which the local universities and businesses now partner in developing the local economy. Major investments like the Gateway University Research Park, the Joint School for Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, and the proposed UNCG Pharmacy School would never have left the drawing board without the support of both the major universities and local businesses.
When I first arrived in Greensboro in the late-1980s, university-industry partnerships were simply not a part of the equation.
For all of these reasons, I feel upbeat about our future prognosis despite the recently grim economic news.
Keith G. Debbage is a professor of geography at UNCG.
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