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Morrisville State College to host nationally known author, economic development expert

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.—On Oct. 19, Morrisville State College will host Jack Schultz, author of the book, Boomtown USA: The 7 ½ Keys to Big Success in Small Towns, and founder of the Boomtown Institute.

Boomtown USA, published in 2004, details several hundred success stories of villages and towns in rural areas. These agurbs®, as Schultz calls them, share characteristics which have made them successful. Boomtown USA details these characteristics and sets out a path to success for other communities.

Schultz will speak about his research and findings at 1 p.m. in the Little Theater in the John W. Stewart Center for Student Activities on campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The college’s bookstore has copies of Boomtown USA available for sale. It will offer a 20 percent discount on all sales of the book on Oct. 19.

About Jack Schultz
Boomtown USA: The 7 ½ Keys to Big Success in Small Towns, was published in early 2004. The Boomtown USA project took more than three years of intense research beginning with 15,800 small towns across the country. The list was narrowed to an outstanding group of 397 towns, that Schultz affectionately calls agurbs®.
Schultz’s research has been featured in USA Today, Forbes, and Business Week, among numerous other publications.

The Boomtown Speaking Tour began shortly after the book was published. Since February 2004, Schultz has spoken to more than 225 communities in 41 states, traveling over 186,000 miles. He is fast becoming known as a national expert in economic development, speaking on the topics of building up town economics, revitalizing towns, and on the keys to becoming a Boomtown.

In 2006, Schultz founded the Boomtown Institute, with a mission “to provoke innovative thinking, encourage leadership and foster investment in communities across the U.S.A.”

In 2005, Schultz was named Ernst and Young’s Illinois Entrepreneur of the Year. Recently, he received the Beta Gamma Sigma Medallion for Entrepreneurship.
Schultz has an MBA from Harvard University, is married and a father of twin sons.

Morrisville State College offers 13 bachelor degrees and a wide variety of associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.