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Bo Beaulieu

Bo Beaulieu

Professor of Rural & Regional Development

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Dr. Bo Beaulieu is Professor of Rural & Regional Development (in the Department of Agricultural Economics) and is the former director of the PCRD (April 2013 – May 2020) and Assistant Director of the Purdue Extension Community Development program (February 2013 – June 2019).  Bo has played a major role in the launch of a number of innovative national research and Extension programs across the nation including the National e-Commerce Extension Project, the Stronger Economies Together (SET) program in partnership with USDA Rural Development, and the Food Assistance Research Program in collaboration with the USDA Economic Research Service. More recently, Dr. Beaulieu has spearheaded, in partnership with Purdue Extension and the University of Kentucky, the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) in the North Central and Southern regions of the U.S. with funding from USDA Rural Development. Since joining Purdue in 2013, he’s given leadership to Purdue’s EDA University Center, the development and implementation of the Hometown Collaboration Initiative, the launch of the Rural Indiana Stats website, and the Rural Opportunity Zones Initiative.    

Dr. Beaulieu is the recipient of a number of key awards over the past several years. In 2014, he received the Distinguished Rural Sociologist Award from the Rural Sociological Society, the Secretary of Agriculture Honors Award, and was selected as an inductee in the George Washington Carver Hall of Fame for Public Engagement at Tuskegee University. In 2016, the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals honored him with the Distinguished Career Award while the Community Development Society paid tribute to his professional activities with the Community Development Achievement Award in 2018.    

Bo is the author/co-author of over 50 journal articles or book chapters, four edited books and dozens of applied community/regional development curriculum modules.  He is the past president of the Rural Sociological Society and the Community Development Society. Bo received both his M.S. degree and Ph.D. degree in Sociology (with a specialty in community development) from Purdue University. 

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Economic Gardening and COVID-19

The Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) has been providing the Economic Gardening program to second-stage companies in Indiana for the past four years. In light of the challenging times…

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