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University of Iowa News Release


May 29, 2007

UI Associate Vice President Will Meet With Sioux City Business Leaders June 6

Thomas Sharpe, associate vice president for economic development, will meet with Sioux City business and community leaders Wednesday, June 6, to discuss the university's contribution to statewide economic development. Sharpe will speak at a breakfast meeting, starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce office, 101 Pierce St.

UI officials are meeting with groups around the state this summer and fall to provide an update on the university'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.

Sharpe represents the IOWA Centers for Enterprise, which fosters economic development by connecting experts, entrepreneurs and innovators inside and outside the university. University 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 of Iowa 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

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