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UM brings in Duke

Rick Duke, an acknowledged proponent of knowledge-led economic development, is the University of Mississippi’s new director of economic development and executive director of Insight Park. Duke will be responsible for leading the university’s economic development strategies by leveraging university knowledge to improve the competitiveness of Mississippi businesses, partnering with state and federal agencies and developing the university’s research park and ...

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Duke leaves USM

Rick Duke has resigned after two years as director of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development & Entrepreneurship. Duke says he may attend the University of Georgia as a doctoral student in environmental planning and design.

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‘Human capital’ central to selling The Garden

The job of recruiting for The Garden Innovation and Commercialization Park has landed with economic development specialists Chad Newell and Rick Duke. Their pitches may vary some depending on the prospect’s business sector, but ultimately they are selling the availability of “human capital” accompanied by the promise of shovel-ready lots on which the prospect can put a building. “We are ...

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Harvesting high-tech ‘Garden’

>> Technology and business park carries promise of transforming knowledge to jobs for Mississippi HATTIESBURG – Six-hundred acres that once made up the University Golf Course represent an ambitious plan to commercialize University of Southern Mississippi scientific and engineering research. The goal: Jobs and paychecks for everyday Mississippians. It all starts on the ground floor, said L. Bryan Brister, a ...

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Duke to lead USM center

A veteran economic development researcher known for his expertise in community development is the new director of the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at the University of Southern Mississippi. Rick Duke, a principal research associate with the Enterprise Innovation/Economic Development Institute at Georgia Institute of Technology for more than 20 years, was selected by ...

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