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A public university's role in advancing regional prosperity in a economy based on the application of knowledge is evident.  Public institutions are embedded in the region, its culture, and economy.
   Tools and Insights for Universities Called to Regional Stewardship (AASCU, 2006)    

A major theme of  Accelerating Growth, Indiana's new strategic economic development plan, is how the state's economic revitalization depends heavily on the successful implementation of regional growth strategies.  USI is actively engaged in addressing State and regional economic development interests.  In addition to our central role in increasing the size of the regions postsecondary-educated workforce, USI's outreach programs assist area business, governmental units, social agencies, and other organizations with problem-solving, applied research, technical assistance, consulting, assessment, and internships.  The planned results of this outreach include partnerships and collaborations that promote innovation, an entrepreneurial culture, increased productivity and competitiveness, and more responsiveness to regional economic development challenges. 

Programs and services include:

     Center for Applied Research and Ecomic Development
     Organizational/Professional Development Group (OPD)
     Connect with Southern Indiana
     Historic Southern Indiana
     Historic New Harmony
     Tri-State Industrial Safety Council Safety Training
     Innovation Pointe
     Center for Economic Education

Regional partnerships include:

     Southwest Indiana WIRED
     Southwest Indiana I-STEM Resource Center
     Southwest Indiana Partnership on STEM-Related Education



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