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2018 University Center - Economic Development Administration

Business Retention & Expansion through Innovation

Intrapreneurship Resource Network

Business Retention and Expansion through Innovation (BREI)

strategies designed to foster innovation and technology utilization, innovation, research and development within targeted businesses in the Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments Economic Development District (EDD).


Intrapreneurship Resource Network (IRN)

of university and community college service providers contributing R&D, prototyping and technical services.

To encourage business expansion within the region’s innovation clusters, the UC will work directly with the region’s local economic developers to design and incorporate new business discovery processes and protocols (BREI) into traditional business retention and expansion (BRE) efforts to identify and serve as a catalyst for businesses utilizing technology for internal product development, process enhancement and commercialization.  The BREI developed will not only benefit the EDD and Iowa; it will be an industry-changing template for the economic development profession. To cultivate innovation, the UC will assemble the IRN, a region-wide team of service providers, prototyping labs, faculty and students with resources and skills in the areas of management, business development, financing, succession, marketing, additive/subtractive manufacturing, manufacturing engineering technology, and technology management; as well as labs and community college resources focused on CNC machining, 3D printing, cloud and distributed computing and cyber security.   

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