One great need in these communities is help with information technology and maintaining the cities' web presence. One faculty member wants more input from Burns in hopes that ABAC students could help with a project of creating online billing systems. Another faculty member suggested the ABAC students may be able to help with grant writing. A class in rural psychology could even help communities research the impact of their physical environment on social issues, another suggested.
Burns was not able to attend Wednesday's meeting, but is expected to meet again with faculty in the near future. Rural studies students who are interested in internships with city or county governments in the area should the issue with their advisers. Some cities are actively looking for interns now.