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Nov. 14, 2007

Noel-Levitz opens new facility at UI's Oakdale Research Park

Noel-Levitz, a higher education consulting firm, today hosted an open house showcasing its new Coralville location at the University of Iowa Oakdale Research Park for business, community and academic leaders in the Technology Corridor.

Robert N. Downer of Iowa City, a member of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa; Sandra Bowman Damico, dean of the UI College of Education; Henry Herwig, Coralville Mayor Pro-Tem; Noel-Levitz president and CEO Kevin Crockett and Noel-Levitz chairman of the board David R. Brooks of Dallas, Tex., spoke during the open house program.

"We are pleased to be part of the Oakdale Research Park community," said Crockett. "This location is well suited to our business. We're thankful to the University of Iowa and the City of Coralville for their support."

The Oakdale Research Park location gives Noel-Levitz easy access to a workforce in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and the surrounding region, Crockett said, and is close to the Eastern Iowa Regional Airport. The Iowa office was previously located in Iowa City.

Noel-Levitz specializes in higher education student recruitment, financial aid, student retention, market research, and Web and communications development. Since 1973, Noel-Levitz has partnered with nearly 2,000 colleges and universities throughout North America. Noel-Levitz has additional offices in Denver, Colo., and Braintree, Mass. About 40 of the firm's 160 full- and part-time consultants and support personnel work in the Iowa office.

The firm's Iowa clients have included the University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, Coe College, Drake University, Kirkwood Community College, Upper Iowa University, and Simpson College among others.

"We're thrilled to add Noel Levitz to our Research Park. Its research, consulting and services to higher education represent an excellent fit for the Park and we look forward to watching Noel-Levitz grow and prosper," " said Thomas Sharpe, UI associate vice president for Economic Development.

Designed by Aspect Architecture of Cedar Rapids, the 12,144 square-foot office building was developed by the Hunter Companies, also of Cedar Rapids. The City of Coralville provided $210,000 in financial incentives for the new Noel-Levitz facility.

The UI Oakdale Research Park was established in 1989 to encourage sustained research relationships between the UI and industry. The Park offers leased building sites and space to corporations engaged in research and development and related production and marketing activities. Companies and anchor laboratories on the UI Research Park and affiliated with the Technology Innovation Center business incubator have 1,780 employees from a labor shed that encompasses nearly one-third of the state of Iowa.

The Oakdale Research Park is part of the IOWA Centers for Enterprise, which integrates existing economic development activities at the UI, 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 of Iowa develop a creative, entrepreneurial workforce. IOWA Centers for Enterprise optimizes the flow of university intellectual property into opportunities for licensing, commercialization and business development. For more information visit http://www.enterprise.uiowa.edu/.

Noel-Levitz is a nationally recognized higher education consulting firm that specializes in strategic planning for enrollment and student success. Each year, campus executives from throughout the U.S. meet regularly with Noel-Levitz to accomplish their goals for student recruitment, marketing, student retention, and strategic enrollment management. The firm offers consulting, custom research, benchmark data, innovative tools and technologies, side-by-side plan development and execution, and resources for professional development. For more information visit http://www.noellevitz.com.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Pam Jennings, Noel-Levitz, 319-626-8380; Tom Bauer, Oakdale Research Park, 319-335-4063, thomas-bauer@uiowa.edu; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu