Kirksville Regional Economic Development (K-REDI) was recognized by the new Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health for helping jump start the school’s funds with their initial donation.
K-REDI donated $100,000 early in the process which helped spread awareness and raise over $1 million locally. With the opening of the new dentistry school, Kirksville's economy will be bolstered by the new teaching jobs, construction and student tuition.
K-REDI’s director of economic development Carolyn Chrisman says the school will fit right into K-REDI’s goal.
“We like to increase the wealth and increase the economic activity in Kirksville and so the dental school with just the amount of people that are coming here is going to do that. The amount of income they bring is going to do that.”
The school plans to open in the fall of 2013 with an expected incoming class of 40 students.