In January 2017, the Office of Outreach and Engagement at NC State University signed a contract with Isothermal Community College to facilitate a community-based visioning and feasibility assessment for a future center that would help the region leverage the vibrant equine-based economy. On March 8th, a mini-town hall meeting was held at the Polk County campus of ICC to kick off the Southeast Equine Research and Education Partnership (SEREP). Over the next 18 months, SEREP, led by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from NC State, including the IICE Lab, will meet with stakeholders across the area to determine opportunities for equitable and sustainable local development, the future role of NC State University, and the potential for broader regional and international linkages. The other NC State researchers involved are from the College of Natural Resources (People First Tourism) and the Department of Landscape Architecture in the College of Design. Along with the feasibility assessment, a set of physical design scenarios will be produced for community members to review and comment upon. The primary funding was secured by ICC through a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.More information about the SEREP can be found on the project website or by contacting the NC State Team at email@example.com or 919-515-7518.