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Leveraging University Resources for Regional Economic Development. Anne Kaplan, Ph.D. & Lisa Freeman,D.V.M , Ph.D. Illinois Board of Higher Education December 10, 2013. The Engagement Imperative. What does it mean to be an engaged university in a world-class, global region?

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Leveraging university resources for regional economic development

Leveraging University Resources for Regional Economic Development

Anne Kaplan, Ph.D. & Lisa Freeman,D.V.M, Ph.D.

Illinois Board of Higher Education

December 10, 2013


The engagement imperative

The Engagement Imperative

What does it mean to be an engaged

university in a world-class, global region?

1) We are part of the region, not separate from it.

  • Extraordinarily diverse – urban, suburban and rural

  • Strive to embrace true engagement, with focus on mutual benefit and reciprocity


The region

The Region

  • Top quarter of

    the state contains

    80% of state’s

    population

  • Contains 90% of

    state’s industry

  • Recognized as one of top ten economic

    centers worldwide (Standard & Poor’s)


The region1

The Region

  • Western half of region

    dotted with small, rural

    communities

  • Many very poor and

    skewing toward elderly

    as lack of opportunity drives young people away

  • Lack of industry = low tax base = inability to support high-quality public schools


How do we serve this region

How do we serve this region?

  • Regional economic prosperity as pursued by NIU is about health, happiness & personal satisfaction made possible by:

    - meaningful employment

    - social/cultural affiliations

    - civic engagement

    - financial security


Assessing niu s role

Assessing NIU’s Role

  • Workshop with 20 regional leaders

  • Priorities identified:

    • Talent development

    • Business support (shared technical facilities, help bringing innovation to market, research)

    • Convening & leading ongoing discussions about a regional vision

    • Promoting awareness of the region

    • Connecting NIU to the IL Innovation Ecosystem


Leveraging university resources for regional economic development

Materials

Tech. Entrepreneurship

Biofuels

Inst.For NCSA/GenomicBio UserFacilities

IllinoisAccelerator

ResearchCenter(IARC)

ATIP

Research

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Innovation Center

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Institute for NeutronTherapy

Polsky Center

Fermilab

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Bioinformatics

GalvinCenter forElectricity Innovation

ChicagoBooth

Northern Illinois University

User Facilities/ ALCF

Computation

Illinois InstituteofTechnology

Centerfor Nanoscale Materials

UniversityofIllinois

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Pritzker School of Medicine / BSD

Institute of Design&

Universityof Chicago

Inst.for Molecular Engineering

Engineering

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Illinois Medical District

Rush University Hospital

Argonne

WISER

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KelloggSchoolof Management/Farley

FeinbergSchool

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UTPIIT

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IndustrialLabs TechTransfer

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Energy

Biotechand Pharma

Southern Illinois University

Industry

Conveners

Manufacturing

IT/ Communications

WBC

Incubators, Co-Working Spaces

Mentorship, Community& Networking

ISTC

Seed

CleanEnergy Trust

ITA

Philanthropy

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State

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Founder’s Institute

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Chicago Innovation Awards

Chicago Innovation Mentors

Capital

Culture

Performing Arts Amenities

Impact Engine

Excelerate Labs/TechStars

Catapult

Healthbox

Commerce

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Expansion

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Connecting the dots pct

Connecting the Dots- pCT

  • Industry

  • Partnership

EntrepreneurialSupport

Innovation

Invention

Collaborative

Research

ProtonComputed

Tomography

FNL

IARC at FNL

NIU Technology

Transfer

Office

NIU Venture Grants

Chicago

Innovation

Mentors

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ANL

CDH


Award winning engagement

Award Winning Engagement

  • Three examples used in NIU’s application for designation as an APLU “Innovation and Economic Prosperity University”:

    - Broadband development

    - P-20 (pre-school through graduate school)

    - Rockford engagement


Broadband development

Broadband Development

  • Began in early 2000s as

    effort to connect NIU

    main campus to satellite

    locations

  • Initially leased unused fiber

    along interstate highways;

    later obtained grants for

    new fiber installation

  • Quickly realized potential for partnering with municipalities and institutions


Broadband development1

Broadband Development

How important is broadband to the economic health of a region?

  • 2012 survey of 7,253 Illinois businesses:

    - 75% said broadband infrastructure essential

    to remaining in current locations

    - 55% said high-speed Internet a key factor in

    deciding where to locate new business


Broadband development2

Broadband Development

Broadband project grew through commitment to regional engagement and $120 million in federal, state and local grants:

NIUNet: 175-mile fiber optic loop

throughout western suburbs &

NIU service region

iFiber: 900-mile network spanning

9 counties

DATA Network: DeKalb County

Illinois Rural Health Network:

connecting 88 hospitals & clinics

throughout the state


Broadband development3

Broadband Development

  • Broadband speeds increased by 1,000 times in region looking for competitive advantages to attract new business

  • 750 community anchor institutions connected (schools, hospitals, municipal governments, public safety departments, libraries and museums)

  • Total of 2,200 miles of fiber optics installed


Rockford engagement

Rockford Engagement

  • NIU has long history of engagement with Rockford

  • A former manufacturing giant, Rockford now suffers from high unemployment and low educational attainment

  • In 2009, NIU established the Office of Regional Engagement in Rockford to bring focus to multiple efforts there


Rockford engagement1

Rockford Engagement

  • Primary Rockford asset is a strong aerospace cluster (9th largest in U.S. in terms of jobs)

  • NIU helped create the Rockford Area Aerospace Accelerator Project (RAAAP)

  • Regional aerospace growth system focused on four key goals:

    Workforce development

    Product innovation

    Hi-tech entrepreneurship

    Branding


Rockford engagement2

Rockford Engagement

  • In 2011, RAAAP was awarded a $2.4M federal grant (ETA, EDA, SBA) from the Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge (JIAC) program

  • Partners include: NIU, Rockford College, RAEDC,EIGERlab and the WorkForce Connection


Collaborative systematic approach to strengthening the aerospace cluster

Collaborative, systematic approach to strengthening the aerospace cluster


Rockford engagement3

Rockford Engagement

  • Joint Institute for

    Engineering and

    Technology –

    Aerospace gets

    more students in

    the pipeline

  • Engineer in Residence program places faculty-supervised students in industry as research, development, test and evaluation engineers.


Innovation from eirs

Innovation from EIRs

  • Accelerated machine design & engineering

  • Process analysis to reduce costs

  • Streamlined work instructions to increase production efficiency

  • Manufacturing simulations to reduce cost and increase productivity

  • Recommendations for new facility layout and streamlined inventory and tracking processes


Seminars for area manufacturers

Seminars for area manufacturers

Taught by NIU Engineering faculty:

  • Laser-based additive manufacturing

    - technical assistance on fast, high-quality

    repair options that give refurbished parts

    longer service life than original

  • Lean Six Sigma

    - process innovation that reduces cost,

    eliminates waste & improves customer

    satisfaction


Rockford engagement4

Rockford Engagement

Outcomes – Year One:

  • 25 internships established (100 applicants accepted into JiET-A)

  • 5 Engineers in Residence placed with regional aerospace companies

  • 9 companies assisted with prototype fabrication using EIGERLab’s 3D additive manufacturing equipment

  • Leading aerospace company cites project as key reason for $300 million expansion in Rockford (estimated 1,600 new jobs)


Recognition

Recognition

Designated APLU

Innovation and

Economic Prosperity

University (one of 16

nationwide)

Won APLU’s inaugural

award for outstanding

service to a region


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