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UNI's Advance Iowa program to be showcased at national entrepreneurial event

May 23, 2013

Joe Bolick, communications and grants, Business and Community Services, 319-273-6577,

Dan Beenken, program manager, Advance Iowa, 319-273-4322,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Advance Iowa program, a new initiative from the University of Northern Iowa, will be highlighted and showcased at the 2013 National Economic Gardening Conference on June 6, in Kansas City.

Advance Iowa is an innovative economic development program focusing on helping small- and medium-sized businesses grow and expand using custom tailored solutions that have been proven successful nationally.  The program follows the Economic Gardening approach created by the Edward Lowe Foundation, which also puts on this annual event.

Dan Beenken, program manager of Advance Iowa says, "It really is a great opportunity to be a part of a national event like this.  It allows us to share what we have done through our pilot testing and learn from the successes of similar programs outside of Iowa.  Any time you can gather a group of forward-thinkers, good things are going to come from it."

The 2013 National Economic Gardening Conference runs June 5-7, 2013 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.  For more information, visit  

About Advance Iowa.  Advance Iowa is the statewide economic gardening program for Iowa, focused on helping mid-sized companies with strategic growth projects.  Advance Iowa is a program of Business and Community Services at the University of Northern Iowa. For more information, visit