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Jim Woodell, Ph.D.
Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement
Beverly Steele
Staff Assistant, Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement

Innovation, Competitiveness & Economic Prosperity

New! APLU Names Six Public Research Universities as Finalists for 2016 Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities Awards

Learn about APLU's Task Force on the New Engagement

Four APLU Universities Selected as Finalists for 2016 C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award

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. 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 recognized resource for sharing best practices in economic engagement among public research universities’ officers and their teams. Themes for
best practices include leadership engagement, innovation, entrepreneurship, technology transfer, commercialization, education and talent 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, and national 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 focused 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.

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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.