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Editorial: MCROC, MinnWest seek more ‘synergies’

The MinnWest Technology Campus and the University of Minnesota and its Mid-Central Research and Outreach Center are working together to build toward “greater synergies going forward.”

This is a another positive step in the relationship between MinnWest and the university, a public-private partnership that can increase in value to the MinnWest community, Willmar and west central Minnesota.

As Nova-Tech Engineering vice president Jim Sieben said, the MinnWest campus has been helpful to Nova-Tech Engineering’s effort in recruiting talented employees. However, the company still faces challenges in hiring employees in chemical, technical and software engineering. Hopefully this partnership can help meet the employer’s needs in these critical areas.

This partnership is not resting on its laurels.

As U of M Regent Dean Johnson noted Monday, there will be a public discussion event scheduled Sep. 30 in Willmar to fine tune this partnership and seek ideas for improvements.

MinnWest and the university’s MCROC leaders appear to be committed to continuing to improve this partnership and make MCROC a “new gateway for the the (U of M).”

That is a good sign.

Willmar and west central Minnesota are fortunate to have the strategic public and private leadership that conceived and created MinnWest and MCROC and continue to seek respective improvement and growth.