ABBOC EDA-supported University Center

In 2012, the Alliance Bank Business Outreach Center (ABBOC) received a 5-year grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration to become one of a select number of “University Centers,” and the only EDA-supported University Center in the State of Arizona.

Thus, ABBOC launched the University Center to strengthen and expand successful innovations already underway in Arizona’s economy, such as NACET (Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology) or 4FRI (Four Forest Restoration Initiative). 

The University Center works collaboratively with rural and urban communities statewide to:

  • Provide technical assistance (TA)
  • Conduct applied research for public, private & tribal entities to promote economic development
  • Disseminate information to fill gaps and promote sustainable development.   

ABBOC houses several respected Centers that currently serve over 10,000 Arizona residents annually.  The following units are the backbone of the University Center, and include:

  1. Rural Policy Institute (RPI) which specializes in data-driven technical assistance and research for Arizona communities, emphasizing rural sectors but involved in statewide and regional economic and business research activities. Web site HERE;   
  2. Center for American Indian Economic Development (CAIED) which brings a Native American perspective to outreach programs and assists tribes statewide to stimulate and nurture entrepreneurship on Indian lands. Web site HERE; and
  3. Arizona Hospitality Research and Resource Center (AHRRC) which provides research and technical assistance statewide for the Grand Canyon State’s large tourism industry, specializing in customized market research (surveys, economic impact studies) and workforce training programs. Web site HERE.

Thus, whether it is technical assistance with data, a tribal project or a tourism research project, the ABBOC University Center is ready to assist.

To view press releases related to University Center projects for 2012–2013, click HERE.

Click HERE to contact someone at the University Center with your question.