The Sustainable Economic Development Initiative (SEDI) is proud to announce that Northern Arizona University (NAU) has renewed its 8-year partnership with SEDI. The $20,000 in funding from NAU will be used to support SEDI’s numerous community sustainable economic development outreach programs.
Programs include Dollars for Dreams micro lending; helping to grow small businesses and entrepreneurs; food and agricultural job initiatives; the sixth annual Teacher Awards for Sustainable Curriculum with $10,000 going to northern Arizona teachers; and the Sustainable Community Indicators program.
During the meeting with NAU President Rita Cheng, Eric Marcus, SEDI's Executive Director, spoke about strengthening ties with the University by directly being involved with student entrepreneurs that encompass sustainable economic development as an integral part of their business plan. By way of example, he mentioned that NAU student Tam Nguyen, an outstanding artist, and now a professional retail business owner in Flagstaff, had just received a SEDI Dollars for Dreams micro loan. Plans were also discussed in continuing SEDI’s mission to incubate and improve sustainable economic development throughout the city of Flagstaff. Overall, President Cheng was very supportive in SEDI’s work that has been accomplished in the focus areas of increasing access to opportunity, improving ecological health and social equity while helping to build a resilient economy.
SEDI is very excited about what the future has to hold for both the renewal of the NAU partnership and the continued effort of making northern Arizona economically sustainable.