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The Institute for Rural Vitality at SUNY Cobleskill

 

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The Institute for Rural Vitality at SUNY Cobleskill has a clear mission that encompasses a broad range of initiatives and activities: to engage the substantial resources of SUNY Cobleskill in collaboration with regional partners to enhance community and economic vitality in rural New York.

Through its five distinct centers, the Institute addresses the region’s most pressing issues to develop and enact sustainable solutions. SUNY Cobleskill students and faculty are at the fore of community partnerships and coalitions, adding their expertise to that of their partners to support economic development initiatives.

With robust student involvement, the Institute creates boundless new immersive learning opportunities both on and off campus. Each of the five centers complements SUNY Cobleskill’s academic programs to support research opportunities for faculty and students as well as internships and applied learning opportunities.

Contact the institute to inquire about collaboration, propose a project or request more information.

 

 

Now Accepting Applications for the Farm and Food Business Accelorator Program

The Institute for Rural Vitality at SUNY Cobleskill, in partnership with the Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship (CADE) are accepting applications for participation in the Farm and Food Business Accelerator. This is a program made possible by a USDA funded Agriculture Innovation Center. 

Applicants to the program are established agricultural producers and small business owners interested in developing their value-added products and bringing them to Market in the Mohawk Valley. 

As a participant in the program, you should expect to receive a complete suite of services and resources tailored to your specific needs from the Institute of Rural Vitality and CADE.  A snapshot of these services and resources include:

Applications to the FFBA Program are open until October 14. The FFBA program start date is November 1, 2022 and runs through May 2023. Full service and support are provided through the duration of the program. Entrepreneurs interested in applying should visit the Institute for Rural Vitality website or contact Melissa Struckle at struckma@cobleskill.edu

2022 FFBA Cohort Application

 

The Center for Farm and Food Entrepreneurship

The Center for Farm and Food Entrepreneurship cultivates farm-centric and food-centric businesses to ensure the full and profitable use of the region’s considerable natural resources. 

The Center for Community Advancement

The Center for Community Advancement promotes public-private partnerships that enhance the quality of life within and beyond the communities that surround the College. It coordinates student-driven community service and serves as a training hub and think tank for educational professionals.

Are you an agency or individual interested in partnering with the center?  Contact us >>

The Center for Business Development

The Center for Business Development encourages new business development, job creation, and an enlivened local economy through collaborations between SUNY Cobleskill students, faculty, and staff and the surrounding non-profit and business communities.

Are you an agency or individual interested in partnering with the center?  Contact us >>

The Center for Arts and Culture

The Center for Arts and Culture coordinates collaboration among the SUNY Cobleskill Arts and Humanities faculty and regional arts and cultural organizations to cultivate art and culture as drivers of economic development. 

Are you an agency or individual interested in partnering with the center?  Contact us >>

Call for Schoharie Artists

The Center for Rural Legal and Policy Services

In partnership with Albany Law School, the Center for Rural Legal and Policy Services focuses on the legal and policy issues that affect rural businesses and communities. It offers legal consultation, educational programming, and advocacy on behalf of rural constituents.

Are you interested in receiving legal consultation services?  More information >>

USDA Agriculture Innovation Center

In 2021, the Institute was awarded funds to create an Agriculture Innovation Center (AIC), which will work in conjunction with the Farm and Food Business Incubator. The support offered to program participants will include value-added product and process development; market and value chain development; facilitation of public and private investment; and access to legal advice. Participants will have access and support in using existing and newly available incubator facilities operated by the Institute for Rural Vitality on the SUNY Cobleskill campus, including:


Leadership

Dr. Marion A. Terenzio, Institute Council Chair

Dr. Scott Ferguson, Executive Director

Dr. Tim Moore, Institute Council and Coordinator of the Centers for Farm & Food Entrepreneurship and
for Business Development

Dr. Susan Zimmerman, Institute Council

Wendy Gilman, Institute Council

 


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Contact the institute to inquire about collaboration, propose a project or request more information.