The Community Outreach Partnership Center (or COPC) is a joint initiative between the federal government's Department of Housing and Urban Development and Morehead State University. The purpose of the COPC is to engage the resources of the university into shared partnerships with local community and government groups.
Center for Community and Economic Development
The Center for Community and Economic Development conducts broad-based research and provides services in regional analysis, economic development, and regional policy. Specializations include: computer mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS); social indicator research; environmental and natural resource economics; and transportation.
In order to market the Metropolitan Area effectively, and for the area to achieve true economic growth, development efforts must adopt an approach that extends across the waters of the Big Sandy and Ohio Rivers, as state-administered programs typically do not. To date, no comprehensive database has been assembled to include multi-state regional data that can assist planning and marketing the region as a whole.
The absence of such uniform regional data, besides strengthening the barriers to regional collaboration and economic development, often leads to a counterproductive competitive attitude between the three states. The Huntington-Ashland-Ironton Metropolitan Area has proposed the development of a regional economic development plan for the Tri-State area, the first step of which is the completion of a Regional Incentives Study. The three regional universities’ public service/economic research centers have participated in planning meetings to identify the specific areas of emphasis necessary to produce such a comprehensive database of regional incentives. Marshall University has already received funding to produce the West Virginia state data; Ohio University will collect the Ohio state data, and Morehead State University will provide the necessary research and compilation of data for the Kentucky Counties.
GEAR-UP is a Federally funded (nation-wide) initiative aimed at encouraging schools, colleges, universities, and community-based organizations to help students stay in school, study hard, take the right college prep courses, and have high aspirations to pursue collegiate-level studies.