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Economic Development & Community Engagement

Public research universities are engaged in their communities and regions, tackling societal challenges, creating great places to work and live, and advancing economic growth and prosperity. Universities partner with community organizations, state and local government, entrepreneurs, small businesses, major corporations, and economic development organizations. Collaborative efforts focus on imagining and then realizing a shared vision for healthier and more engaged citizens, thriving economies, and other outcomes that lead to a better tomorrow. Interested in addressing these issues? APLU's Commission on Economic and Community Engagement convenes senior administrators across APLU member institutions who have an institutional-level responsibility for planning, executing, or communicating the university's work in economic and community engagement.

Economic Development & Engagement
The IEP University Designation is earned by institutions demonstrating an institutional, sustainable, and substantive commitment to excellence in economic engagement.
Economic Development & Engagement
APLU, USU, Workcred, and UPCEA explore how universities and certification bodies can improve student success and workforce outcomes by reducing the time and cost gaps between a 4-year degree and an industry certification.
Photo courtesy of Georgia Tech
Economic Development & Engagement
The Manufacturing Extension Partnership's (MEP) mission is to enhance the productivity and performance of U.S. manufacturing, particularly among small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs). One of MEP’s strategies is to connect manufacturers to public and private sources of innovation such as universities, community colleges, national laboratories, state technology programs and others.
Economic Development & Engagement
APLU supports its public research university members contributing to the economic welfare, well-being, and quality of life of communities in rural communities across the nation.
Magrath Award Winner
Economic Development & Engagement
The C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award recognizes the outstanding community-university engagement scholarship work of four-year public universities.
Courtesy of North Carolina State University
Economic Development & Engagement
Education for employment upon graduation is important, but a four-year degree should also put graduates in a better position to adapt as employment requirements change throughout their careers.
Economic Development & Engagement
The University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Showcase highlights university affiliated startup businesses to promote the importance of federally-funded university research and demonstrate how university-led entrepreneurial engagement contributes to the innovation economy.
Courtesy of Penn State University
Economic Development & Engagement
Universities and the federal government should take advantage of new opportunities to renew their commitment to driving national economic and social prosperity.
Economic Development & Engagement
The Technology Transfer Evolution Working Group will identify ways in which the practice of university technology transfer is changing, and must continue to change, to sustain and increase university responsiveness to the needs of stakeholders, and more broadly to challenges in society and the economy.
Economic Development & Engagement
A set of core ideas to help universities focus efforts not only on telling their economic engagement story well, but also growing, improving, and advancing their economic engagement enterprise and thereby accelerating economic development in their regions, nationally, and globally.
Research, Science & Technology
The APLU Task Force on Managing University Intellectual Property is examining the role of technology transfer in fulfilling our institutions' public purposes.
Courtesy of Texas A & M University
Past projects from the Office of Economic & Community Engagement can be found here.