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Dr. Keith Debbage Receives the 2020 AAG – Kauffman Foundation Award for Best Paper in Geography and Entrepreneurship

Keith Debbage

Keith Debbage has recently received the inaugural and prestigious 2020 American Association of Geographers (AAG) – Kauffman Foundation Award for Best Paper in Geography and Entrepreneurship.   The purpose of this Award Program is to identify innovative research in business geography that is relevant to questions related to entrepreneurs and their firms, as well as to practitioners and policymakers.  The AAG is the leading academic institution for Geography in the United States while the Kauffman Foundation is the leading research think tank for entrepreneurship research in the world. 

Dr. Debbage’s paper titled “Non-Farm Proprietorship Employment by U.S. Metropolitan Area” was published recently in the Journal of Enterprising Communities as part of a Special Issue on Entrepreneurial Ecosystems.   He will receive the Award and an honorarium in Denver CO at the AAG Annual Meeting Awards Banquet and present his research in a session specially organized by the AAG and Kauffman Foundation to help highlight research on geography and entrepreneurship to a wider audience.  Dr Debbage said, “to be honest I am shocked, flattered and honored to receive this Award.”

Dr. Debbage will also receive the prestigious AAG Media Achievement Award at the banquet conferred in recognition of exceptional and outstanding accomplishments in publicizing geographical insights in media of general or mass communication. 

Dr. Debbage is a Joint Professor of the Department of Geography, Environment and Sustainability and the Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Tourism at UNCG, and a Coleman Foundation Entrepreneurship Fellow.