Mark Masters & ASU become research leaders in Southwest Georgia

CBEAR Fellow Mark Masters

CBEAR Fellow Mark Masters

Touting its economic impact over nine southwest Georgia counties, Albany State University officials said last week that the university also is making its presence felt regionally and nationally in the area of research.

ASU had more than $59 million in research grants flow into the Albany and Southwest Georgia economy over the last several years. According to a study released last year by the University System of Georgia, the university had almost three times as much total economic impact, $141 million, on the Albany region.

Albany State has become a leader in agricultural and environmental research, a combination critical for the social and economic well-being of Southwest Georgia. In addition to conducting traditional academic research, Mark Masters, director of the Water Planning and Policy Center at ASU, said the university provides support to state and federal government agencies in the development of water policies and plans and in the facilitation of stakeholder-driven water resources planning and policy processes.

“The ASU Center has developed an extensive network of water stakeholders across the Southeastern U.S. and has many years of experience in policy-relevant environmental research, Masters said. “ASU also leads several projects aimed at increasing on-farm water conservation through education and technology transfer.”

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