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Cross Border Economic Development Program

Bostn, MA & Bozeman, MO: September 9 - 23, 2000

This program introduced local economic development officials from the border counties in Ireland and Northern Ireland to American analytical and strategic planning techniques. Participants attended interactive seminars at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. The group met with their peers in small business, support agencies and community development organizations and will travel to Bozeman, Montana to see a successful rural community that has attracted investment through community partnership. The economic regeneration of Lowell, Mass. and Waltham, Mass. provided models for the success of joint public-private initiatives. The program aims to break down barriers and encourage innovative thinking and cross border partnerships