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Economic Development

June 16, 2020

What started as one talk turned into 20 days of traveling through the Philippines for UC Merced management Professor Russ McBride. In December, McBride headed to southeast Asia to connect with colleagues interested in expanding human consciousness and potential. As the director of the Social...
Economics Professor Greg Wright.
Since the onset of many governors’ stay-at-home orders, there are fewer cars on the road as fewer people are driving to work. While some people can work from home, sadly, some are not working at all. The global pandemic has caused record...
Interim Chancellor Nathan Brostrom joined colleagues and partners from the Central Valley to present Governor Gavin Newsom with a draft of the Fresno DRIVE plan. UC Merced has been a partner in the creation of DRIVE (Developing the Region’s...
Distinguished guests joined the chancellor for a campus tour
UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland and Merced Mayor Mike Murphy welcomed the Bay Area Council to Merced on Thursday for a robust discussion on potential future connections between Merced and the Bay Area. “Today we are focusing on the...
A smiling male student walks along Scholars Lane while carrying an arm full of papers.
Make the connections that will help you make your ideas and dreams become a reality. Spend a couple days at UC Merced meeting successful entrepreneurs and hearing how they have brought their ideas to life, learning about the essentials of...
Aerial view of UC Merced and its new construction
UC Merced has infused nearly $3 billion into California’s economy since its inception — including more than $1.6 billion in the San Joaquin Valley — in salaries, goods and construction awards.   Those figures take into account...
Two students in an engineering lab
Early-stage startups often find themselves in a difficult bind. They need legal counsel to help them form business entities, understand tax liabilities, license inventions and draft terms of service. But many startups can’t afford lawyers. That...
Rendering of the Downtown Campus Center
Nearly 300 UC Merced employees will begin moving into the new Downtown Campus Center at 18th and N streets in January, and local business owners are taking note. Thad Raczkowski, co-owner of Little Oven Pizza, is thinking about a move. His shop on Main...
UC Merced recently joined the ranks of six other UCs and 70 other universities around the country when it was selected as the newest site for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps program (NSF I-Corps). Now, with application deadlines looming...
Is it still possible to build a better mouse trap? Engineering students at UC Merced think so. “Eraticate” — a fitting name for a group focused on mouse trap optimization — isn’t concerned with the cliché their project evokes. Instead, they’re hoping...
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