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Universities are more than just halls of learning; they are vibrant ecosystems and often the beating heart of the towns they reside in. Their reach goes beyond academia and plays a significant role in shaping the local economies of North American college towns.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic affected college towns profoundly. In doing so, the pandemic highlighted the complex relationship between universities and their host communities.

Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management John-Patrick Paraskevas joined Associate Professor Xiaodan Pan of Concordia University and Associate Professor Isaac Elking of University of Houston-Downtown to discuss the impacts the pandemic had on college towns and their economies. Read the full article at The Conversation.

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