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May 14, 2007

UI Vice Presidents Will Meet With Polk County Business Leaders May 21

Two University of Iowa officials will meet with Polk County business and community leaders Monday, May 21, to discuss the university's contribution to statewide economic development. UI Vice President for Research Meredith Hay and Associate Vice President for Economic Development Thomas Sharpe will speak at a joint meeting of the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Technology Association of Iowa. The meeting begins at noon at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, 700 Locust St. in Des Moines.

Hay and Sharpe are meeting with groups around the state this summer and fall to provide an update on the UI's involvement in economic development, technology transfer and workforce development, and to learn from business and community leaders what additional steps the university can take to enhance the statewide business climate.

Under Hay's leadership, the UI created IOWA Centers for Enterprise to foster economic development by connecting experts, entrepreneurs and innovators inside and outside the university. UI offices working toward this goal include:

-- John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, delivering innovative educational, training and outreach programs throughout the state;

-- UI Small Business Development Center, assisting businesses with fewer than 500 employees;

-- UI Research Foundation, licensing inventions to companies that bring them to market;

-- Office of Corporate Partnerships, connecting corporations and community organizations with UI research capabilities; and

-- Technology Innovation Center and Oakdale Research park, offering space and support for new and growing businesses.

IOWA Centers for Enterprise offers a comprehensive program that promotes economic development and technology transfer, provides assistance to Iowa startups and existing Iowa businesses and communities, and helps the state develop a creative, entrepreneurial workforce. Also, IOWA Centers for Enterprise programs optimize the flow of university intellectual property into opportunities for licensing, commercialization and business development. For more information, visit http://www.enterprise.uiowa.edu/.

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

CONTACTS: Diane Gallagher, 319-335-3941, diane-gallagher@uiowa.edu; Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu