Randy Pilkington, executive director, UNI Business & Community Services, (319) 273-6069
James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Randy Pilkington, executive director of the University of Northern Iowa's Business & Community Services (BCS) division, has been reappointed to the Governor's Council of Economic Advisors. This will be Pilkington's second one-year term on the council.
The council advises the Governor's Office on trends affecting economic activities and recommends policies to improve the state's economic wellbeing. This includes making suggestions for improving the quality of information gathered by state officials to assess the state's economy and estimate future state revenues. The council works with representatives from the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Economic Development, Management, Revenue and Finance, Transportation and Workforce Development, as well as the State Treasurer to expand and coordinate the gathering and analysis of economic data.
Since its inception in 1987, UNI BCS has grown to include seven outreach units that provide practical and professional assistance to more than 3,500 businesses and 460 communities in Iowa and the nation. BCS includes the Ag-Based Industrial Lubricants (ABIL) Research Program, the Institute for Decision Making, the Iowa Waste Reduction Center, the Management and Professional Development Center, the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, the Regional Business Center, and Strategic Marketing Services.