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IU Kokomo to host regional economic development council

February 26, 2015
KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University engages in economic development statewide, connecting its vast creative and intellectual assets with opportunities for growth.

The Indiana University Council for Regional Engagement and Economic Development (CREED), an organization created to enhance these opportunities, will host its quarterly meeting Wednesday, March 4 at IU Kokomo.

Bill Stephan, CREED chairperson and IU vice president for regional engagement, said Kokomo’s recent economic success is an example for other parts of the state

 “Kokomo’s remarkable economic turnaround, in large part driven by direct collaboration among the community’s business, government, and educational partners, serves as a model for other Indiana regions to emulate,” he said. “We are delighted that our first regional on-campus meeting of the CREED outside of Indianapolis could be convened in Kokomo, where we can all learn more about best practices—and to see their impact firsthand.”

Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke welcomes the council to IU Kokomo.  “IU Kokomo looks forward to hosting CREED and to learning more about how we can leverage IU resources as we partner with our region to advance its growth.”

The campus received a CREED Regional Economic Development (RED) fund grant to sponsor the Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) program, which includes 14 area high school seniors in its inaugural year. Its facilitator, Morgan Young, will give an overview of the program and its mission to prepare area youth to be responsible, enterprising individuals who become entrepreneurs or entrepreneurial thinkers and contribute to the economic development and sustainability of the Kokomo region.

In addition, Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight will present an update on the city’s economic progress.

CREED meets four times per year, and includes members appointed by the chancellor of each regional campus. It provides a forum for discussing economic development issues and for sharing best practices in regional development.

“It’s an opportunity to learn more about resources the university has that could be brought to bear to enhance economic development efforts,” said David Gard, assistant vice president for economic development for IU’s Office for Engagement.

The council’s The RED Fund supports regional development initiatives. It assists campus entities that submit qualifying funding proposals.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 03/02/2015