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UI Vice Presidents Will Meet with Dubuque Business Leaders Aug. 30

Two University of Iowa leaders will meet with Dubuque County business and community leaders Thursday, Aug. 30, 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 Dubuque Development Corporation and the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce. The meeting begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Grand River Center, 500 Bell St.

Hay and Sharpe are meeting with groups around the state this 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.

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. 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;

* 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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