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.


Regional Transformation | Economic Engagement | Economic Prosperity

Regional Transformation

When faculty, staff, and or/students align, link, and leverage regional assets to achieve measurable strategic outcomes through open and shared leadership networks within and outside ECU.


Economic Engagement

A dimension of regional transformation and includes reciprocal, sustained, and intentional efforts of ECU and its partners to promote economic vitality in the region.  

Economic Prosperity

An outcome of community-campus partnerships resulting in a more competitive region and healthy community that attains economic, educational, environmental, cultural, and entrepreneurial goals to improve vitality and quality of life.


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. 

PSCR Programs & Initiatives