Innovation and Economic Prosperity

Through the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) Universities program, institutions are recognized for their efforts in economic engagement. The designation identifies institutions working to advance the economic well-being of their states, regions, and the nation through a variety of efforts. ECU will work through an intensive process of institutional self-study and engagement with stakeholders to identify the strengths of the university’s economic engagement enterprise. 

An important element of the self-study process is the compilation of ECU activities directed toward talent development, innovation development, and place development. Please navigate through the links below to related ECU activities, programs, and initiatives. 


Community Engagement | Economic Development | Regional Transformation

Community Engagement

A mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge, talents, and resources with community partners for a shared vision and commitment with all stakeholders.


Economic Development

To align and invest regional resources through sustainable activities that stimulate innovation, job creation, and infrastructure development in a global economy.


Regional Transformation

An outcome of community engagement and economic development that improves quality of life, making the region a place where people want to live, work, visit, and participate in community advancement.

IEP