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Office of Economic Development and Partnership Programs


Gateway to the University

Gateway to the Public

The Office of Economic Development and Partnership Programs (EDPP) is James Madison University's outreach unit for economic and community development. Our role is to provide technical assistance to communities, undertake critical community-based studies, disseminate information, and to enhance strategic planning and development that is culturally and socially acceptable to the region. This approach is designed to relate the concerns and goals of commerce and industry to those of the broader community. We work closely with community development corporations, state agencies, municipalities, regional planning agencies, developers, business leaders, chambers of commerce, local officials, public groups and the managers of firms. In addition, we act as a gateway to the university's faculty and staff who specialize in industrial, retail and commercial development, tourism, marketing, employee training, quantitative and data analysis. The EDPP is situated in the office of Research and Public Service and links several key areas that connect the university to business, industry and community.