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


Members of CICEP include professionals from across the institution with interest in 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 institutions build and enhance partnerships with government, industry, and other science, research, and economic development organizations.

CICEP 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.

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Featured Project & Initiative

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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.

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.