Dave McCoy's vision to cultivate higher education and the arts in the Eastern Sierra is shared by many. Mammoth Lakes Foundation's goal is to maintain a permanent college campus with facilities for academic studies, to teach and encourage an appreciation of the arts, and to offer student housing in Mammoth Lakes. The Mammoth Lakes Foundation and its supporters believe that availability of higher education and cultural enrichment in the Eastern Sierra enhances the quality of life enjoyed by residents, second homeowners and visitors. It balances the recreational attractions in the community with cultural and educational opportunities. Higher education promotes leadership, stimulates growth and builds a stronger year-round economy and community.