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Jim Woodell, Ph.D.
Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement
Shalin R. Jyotishi
Associate, Economic Development and Community Engagement
Beverly Steele
Program Assistant, Economic Development and Community Engagement


APLU’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP) was created to help leaders of APLU member universities—including presidents and chancellors, senior research officers, provosts, other officers and their staffs—plan, assess, and communicate their institutions’ work in local and regional economic development and innovation. Members of CICEP include leaders and professionals from across the university campus who work on issues related to university engagement in economic development, including vice presidents/chancellors, directors, and staff from:

  • economic development
  • technology transfer
  • entrepreneurship
  • research and graduate administration
  • academic affairs
  • public and governmental affairs
  • business and engineering departments
  • others connected to the university role and impact in economic development.

CICEP leads efforts to share best practices in these areas, and develops tools to help public research universities build and enhance partnerships with government, industry, and other science, research, and economic development organizations.

CICEP is convened by APLU's Office of Economic Development & Community Engagement and works closely with a number of other APLU groups to support their efforts as they touch on issues related to innovation and economic development. For example, CICEP works with the Council on Research on issues related to intellectual property and technology development; with the Council on Engagement and Outreach on issues related to community and regional development; and with the Council on Governmental Affairs on issues related to innovation, the economy, and public policy.

Follow CICEP on Twitter at @APLUEngagement

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Featured Project & Initiative

Photo Courtesy of Texas A&M University
Economic Development & Engagement
APLU believes public and land-grant universities should dramatically expand engagement efforts with partners in the communities they serve—members of the public, community organizations, business and industry, state and local government, and others.

Featured Project & Initiative

Clemson University
Economic Development & Engagement
Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT), APLU, and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) created an Expert Educator Team (EET) to identify how colleges and universities can modify curricula to meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities workers will need for jobs in the advanced manufacturing sector.

Featured Project & Initiative

Economic Development & Engagement
The designation and awards go to APLU member universities that demonstrate excellence and leadership in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and initiatives that support regional economic development.