As 2017 comes to a close and we look forward to a new year, it’s always good to look at where we’ve been. Our year in review highlights some of our accomplishments, impacts, and stories from the past twelve months.
Creating Opportunities for Business Growth
TU Incubator supports and promotes venture creation and small business growth in order to stimulate economic development and to further the respective missions of Towson University and Baltimore County.
According to research by TU’s Regional Economic Studies Institute, TU Incubator has generated an economic yield of $150 million since launching in 2007.
TU’s business incubator has grown to support the largest cluster of edtech companies in the DMV. And, nine of them have women founders, and over half of all companies were founded by either a woman or a person of color.
TU Incubator works to put member companies and products in front of key decision-makers and influencers to develop partnerships between customers, investors, and partners.
TU Incubator provides business support and networks to seed and early stage companies that have a viable plan for growth. Get to know more about some of the founders and their products.
Working on Impactful Projects
TU’s Center for GIS and Regional Economic Studies Institute provide analytical, technical, and research services and support on projects that directly impact the citizens of our state and region.
From the presence of Maryland’s military installations and federal research facilities to fertile farmland and high ed, the Regional Economic Studies Institute’s senior economist provides insight into what’s really driving the state’s economy.
TU’s Center for GIS is developing a Climate Impact Visualization tool designed to increase understanding among planners and emergency service personnel of the progression, extent and impacts of coastal flooding related to storm surge.
Developing and Supporting Partnerships
The Office of Partnerships & Outreach works to make connections across the region and, in partnership with other departments, is tasked with managing BTU—Partnerships at Work for Greater Baltimore.
Inclusion in the nation’s biggest anchor network will help guide TU’s strategies, policies, and processes addressing hiring, investing, and purchasing goals in Greater Baltimore.
Because of BTU’s support, the Towson Theatre Infusion program was able to expand and bring students to campus from schools which otherwise would not have been able to participate.
With a goal of connecting faculty and staff with external partners, BTU Showcase sparks communication and collaboration between departments that may not happen otherwise
Mentoring & Engaging Students
Towson University students are intelligent, focused, and energetic, and, through internships and paid positions, provide support, while developing new skills sets.
Matthew Lowinger, at TU sophomore passionate about venture creation and social responsibility, writes how three mentors “help make my dream a reality by teaching me all aspects of venture creation and entrepreneurship.”
While working with the Center for GIS, TU graduate student Newsha Amirihormozaki developed an engineering document search tool for the MPA that enables staff to quickly search a drawing archive database.
Ashley Buzzeo presented to Professor Trevor Iles’ Principles of Marketing course in TU's College of Business and Economics on the use of GIS technology and spatial data to support targeted marketing analysis.
Highlighting Our Campus & Colleagues
Towson University is the largest university in Greater Baltimore and the fastest-growing in Maryland. Faculty, students, and staff are making contributions across campus and across the region.
Dr. Nancy Grasmick believes leaders of any kind cannot be everything; it is important for leaders to galvanize the people around them; and that engagement is key.
Campus collaborations between the SGA and Office of Civic Engagement yields national recognition for student efforts to increase voter engagement during 2016 election.
Addressing Workforce Needs
Towson University is integral to growing Maryland’s economy and workforce. Through research and continuing education and professional development programs we offer insight and open career pathways.
Building on the success of other on-campus leadership development programs, we have created customized programs to support the growth of one of the country’s top health systems.
Finding the time for continuing education courses can be a challenge. TU’s Continuing & Professional Studies makes getting industry certifications a bit easier with online courses.
Competition for some jobs can be fierce, while for other occupation employers can’t find enough qualified candidates. TU’s Regional Economic Studies Institute uses proprietary tools to forecast job growth.
Creating Real-World Solutions
Solutions created by our team of economists, researchers, and technologists empower public, private, and nonprofit organizational decision-making throughout Maryland and across the region.
WordPress is a fantastic, open-source web design tool. However, as it grows in popularity, WordPress becomes an easy target for hackers to find security flaws in its source code and the question of security rises.
Connecting to Communities
We support and provide opportunities for conversations among diverse groups of people from across the state.
Dorchester County native reflects on her ancestors’ history with slavery to inform a new class at Osher Lifelong learning Institute on slavery and the treatment of free blacks on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.