The plaque that signifies Indiana University’s status as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity institution was proudly displayed at Nov. 12’s IU Council for Regional Engagement and Economic Development (CREED) meeting in Indianapolis.
As one of 14 institutions to receive the designation this year from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, the honor — officially bestowed during APLU’s 127th annual meeting Nov. 2-4 in Orlando, Fla. — recognizes IU’s commitment across all of its campuses statewide to playing a lead role in promoting regional economic development.
IU received initial notice of the designation in July. The award culminated a year of self-study and stakeholder engagement to identify IU’s economic development strengths under the Innovate Indiana banner, along with areas for continued growth in concert with the Office for Engagement‘s recently developed strategic plan.
David Gard, assistant vice president for economic development for IU’s Office for Engagement, led the work on IU’s application for the APLU designation.