UNCW Participates in National Innovation and Economic Prosperity Program Sponsored by Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities

Friday, January 17, 2014

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is one of 20 universities selected for a national program to achieve designation as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University.

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) created the Innovation and Economic Prosperity Designation and Awards to recognize universities that are leaders in spurring and promoting regional economic development. The designation and awards go to APLU member universities that demonstrate excellence and leadership in planning, implementing and evaluating programs and initiatives that support regional economic development.

“We are extremely pleased to be part of this APLU program.  One of our most important goals is to be a contributor to the economic prosperity of Southeastern North Carolina through our community partnership, entrepreneurship and marine biotechnology initiatives," said UNCW Chancellor Gary L. Miller.

Competitors for the award are joining together in a “learning community” to share strategies and methods as they work towards developing their award applications.  The competition began with universities implementing the Economic Engagement Assessment Tools developed by APLU’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity (CICEP) in order to see what engagement activities they have in place and what needs to be improved.  Universities will be judged based on their assessment process, strategy, results and plans for future economic development activities.

Award winners will be announced at the APLU Annual Meeting in November 2014.