Economic development award presented to KSU

The Georgia Economic Development Association (GEDA) recently recognized "Georgia's Small…

Georgia (Nov 26, 2002) — Economic development award presented to KSU

Karen Kennedy


The Georgia Economic Development Association (GEDA) recently recognized "Georgia's Small Business Innovation Research Resource" (SBIR) program‚ housed in the College of Science and Mathematics at Kennesaw State University‚ with the GEDA TERRIFIC Education Award.

The TERRIFIC awards are presented annually to outstanding school−based programs that address workforce development issues. With the recent national economic downturn‚ workforce development programs have become increasingly important to the state.

"The TERRIFIC Award came about through the leadership of KSU's Dean of Science and Mathematics Laurence I. Peterson‚" said Board of Regents Assistant Vice Chancellor for Economic Development Annie Hunt Burris. "As a former vice president of research for two Fortune 500 companies‚ he brings a unique set of skills to his position."

The SBIR Resource program at Kennesaw State is a training and assistance program designed to make Georgia's small business scientists and technologists competitive in securing federal research and development grants.

The program is implemented through statewide workshops‚ seminars‚ Web sites and face−to−face advising designed to educate the business community regarding the availability of these federal grants‚ to identify specific funding opportunities‚ to teach successful grant writing and to establish partnerships with research and/or business faculty to enhance the applicants' chances of success.

Since the advent of the program at KSU in June 1999‚ federal grants awarded in Georgia have increased from $3 million to $14 million annually.

For more information on the SBIR Resource program at KSU‚ visit


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 15‚600 from 118 countries. The fifth largest out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit