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Oct. 9, 2003

Iowa City Chamber To Recognize UI For Economic Development Oct. 15

The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce will recognize the University of Iowa at an Oct. 15 dinner for making "exceptionally significant" contributions to economic development in Iowa.

The chamber will present the UI with the 2003 Public/Quasi-Public Sector Award, one of 12 awards to be given at the dinner, for successfully attracting $352.8 million in grants and contracts during fiscal 2003 to support research, education and service. The amount is well above the $277 million the UI attracted in external funding during fiscal 2001 and $341 million during fiscal 2002.

The grant and contract funds support a broad range of scientific investigations in the health sciences, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities.

" This award recognizes a government accomplishment that has made an exceptionally significant contribution to the area's ability to attract, maintain, incubate and grow basic sector economic activity," said Lori Bailey, the chamber's leadership and special events director.

William Decker, UI interim vice president for research, said, "The university is deeply honored that the local community, through the chamber, has chosen to recognize the fabulous contributions made by our scientists, artists and scholars. Their work not only contributes to the local economy but also results in important new knowledge, inventions, creations and services that benefit us and the economy in numerous ways."

The chamber has been giving awards for economic development since 1975. A 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. reception will kick off the awards dinner. Tickets are available to the public for $35 per person. Reservations must be made by Oct. 9. To register, call the chamber at 319-337-9637.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009, gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu.Writer: Ololade Coker