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UNI's economic development efforts reach all 99 Iowa counties

October 30, 2012

Contact: Randy Pilkington, director, UNI Business and Community Services, 319-273-6941,

Rebecca Schultze, communications and public relations manager, UNI College of Business Administration, 319-273-3309,


CEDAR FALLS, IA -- A representative from the University of Northern Iowa presented alongside Iowa State University and University of Iowa on the statewide economic impact of the Regents universities to the Board of Regents during the Oct. 25 meeting on the University of Iowa campus.

Randy Pilkington, director of Business and Community Services at UNI, discussed the universities' outreach throughout all 99 Iowa counties, adding that nearly 10,000 jobs have been created or retained through local development efforts. Also mentioned was the revenue -- more than $105 million dollars -- that has been generated by Iowa businesses from technologies and inventions coming from the regents universities.

"The efforts put forth by the universities to promote business and community growth throughout the state are tremendous." Pilkington said. "UNI alone has engaged with thousands of businesses and communities across the state and provided uniquely tailored services to help them grow."

UNI has also been an advocate for entrepreneurship both on- and off-campus by aiding more than 300 startup businesses.  Many of these entrepreneurs have been served by the UNI Innovation Incubator and MyEntre.Net. Other startups are student-run businesses, including one that was co-created by the 2012 Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization's National Student Entrepreneur of the Year.

For an in-depth look at how UNI is enabling innovation across the state, visit

Business and Community Services is a division of the University of Northern Iowa's College of Business Administration. For more information, please visit