CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
CONTACT: DAVID HAKENSEN
Release: Sept. 13, 2002
WHAT: An open house and tours of NCS Pearson Oakdale's new 37,500-square-foot
facility at the Corridor Technology Center, preceded by a groundbreaking for
a 30,000-square-foot Building II at the site.
WHO: Invited guests include Iowa Congressman Jim Leach; University
of Iowa Interim President Sandy Boyd; Owen Newlin, president, Board of Regents,
State of Iowa; Mary Westbrook, vice president and general manager of the Post-Secondary
Services Division of NCS Pearson; and David Skorton, vice president for research
and external relations at the UI.
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 17. Tours for media/dignitaries are at 9 a.m.
Groundbreaking for Building II begins at 10 a.m., followed by a program, reception
and guided public tours of the new facility.
WHERE: NCS Pearson, Oakdale Research Park, 2450 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville.
WHY: The NCS Pearson building is the largest private development on
the Oakdale Research Park and is one of the most significant technology developments
in the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Technology Corridor. The building was added
to allow for NCS Pearson's expansion in its Government Solutions division.
About 175 employees work at the Corridor Technology Center, with 100 more
expected to work in Building II, which is scheduled for completion in February
NCS Pearson's Government Solutions business has its program and development
staff located within the Oakdale facility. The projects and programs supported
by these groups include work that is done on behalf of clients of Government
Solutions and for staff functions such as EDExpress, Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web, Editorial Services Contract (ESC),
Student Authentication Network (STAN) and STAN II for the U.S. Department
of Education; the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS); Office of
Personnel Management (OPM); Transportation Security Administration (TSA);
and Taxpayer Relief Act (TRA) and Iowa Grants.