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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 9, 2005

Nonprofit Center, Public Affairs Institute Form Joint Venture

The Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center at the University of Iowa College of Law will expand its services to help local governments operate more effectively through a new joint venture with the university's Institute of Public Affairs.

The combination of the two organization's resources will help the university better provide the kind of services that will strengthen the state's entire public sector, said Willard "Sandy" Boyd, director of the Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center (INRC), and Judy Slezak, coordinator of the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA).

"Active collaboration between the nonprofit center and the institute will enable the university to assist local communities and to improve the operational effectiveness of their public sector organizations, both governmental and non-profit," said Boyd, who will continue to lead the combined center.

"The IPA mission is to provide services and information that assist in maintaining and strengthening the effectiveness of Iowa's state and local governments," said Slezak, who will continue to coordinate the institute's programs as part of the INRC. "We can do that even more effectively by combining our resources with the Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center."

Carolyn Jones, dean of the College of Law, said the collaboration will provide benefits for law students with additional research and internship opportunities.

"The institute is regarded by city managers and other local officials throughout all of Iowa as an invaluable resource for local government in the state, and we're pleased to have them as a part of the College of Law," said Jones.

Richard Koontz, currently coordinator of the INRC, will work with Boyd and Slezak to lead the organization.

The Institute of Public Affairs was established in 1949 by the late Robert Ray,  long-time dean of Continuing Education at the university. It offers programs and conferences throughout Iowa for state and local government officials and employees that examine such topics as strategic planning, organizational development, team building, community visioning, intergovernmental cooperation, and increasing citizen cooperation. Currently the institute publishes, "Municipal Policy Leaders' Handbook," a guide for mayors and city council members, and co-sponsors the Iowa Municipal Management Institute for city and county administrators each year on the UI campus.

The Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center works to improve Iowa's communities by building the effectiveness of community-based non-profit organizations. The center works with the organizations, government agencies and educational institutions to provide educational, service and training programs that increase the effectiveness of non-profits.

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