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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

Innovation, Competitiveness & Economic Prosperity

APLU’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP) was established to help leaders of APLU member universities—including presidents and chancellors, senior research officers, provosts, other officials and their staffs—plan, assess, and communicate their institution's work in local and regional economic development and innovation.

The commission undertakes projects and initiatives to further the practice, study and promotion of university economic engagement. CICEP is convened by APLU's Office of Economic Development & Community Engagement and works closely with APLU's Council on Engagement & Outreach (CEO) on issues relating to outreach, public service and community engagement. 

Follow CICEP on Twitter at @APLUEngagement 

Watch highlights from CICEP's 10-Year Anniversary



CICEP’s Strategic Framework is built around four areas of work:

  • Economic Engagement Leadership

    CICEP leads APLU efforts to promote, facilitate, support, and communicate about university economic engagement.
  • National Resource
    CICEP is a nationally and internationally recognized resource for sharing best practices in economic engagement among public research university leaders and their teams. CICEP develops best practices for leadership engagement, innovation, entrepreneurship, technology transfer, commercialization, university partnerships, talent and workforce development, and cultivation of "place" in regions. CICEP also coordinates development of new tools and resources for public research universities to better measure their activities and contributions to the local, state, regional, national and global economy.
  • Convener of Partnerships
    CICEP acts as a key convener and collaborator to develop strong connections and partnerships among leadership of APLU member universities and with external partners from industry, government, and other science, research, and economic development organizations.
  • Communication Strategies
    In consultation with university leaders and staff members responsible for economic engagement efforts, CICEP develops communication strategies to bring greater clarity and visibility to university economic development work. Strategies emphasize deepening industry, government, and public commitment to our universities and their role in economic prosperity.

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.