Linking Academic Strengths to Economic Development: Seven Habits for Effective Partnership in University-Based Economic Development

  • Gregory M. O'Brien
Keywords: Higher Education, Economic Development, University Partnerships


Drawing heavily on the principles of Steven Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1989), the University of New Orleans created an innovative model of ownership, construction and financing that overcomes the paralyzing barriers so common to facility development. The UNO Research and Technology Foundation provides a mechanism for the implementation of multiple development partnerships that will lead to the construction of 55 new buildings in New Orleans, all in a remarkably short timeframe and all involving UNO as a partner.