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.
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.
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.
If you want to know more about the work of the Rapid Center, or if you would like to tour our facilities or talk with faculty, please contact Patrick Gardner.
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.