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Last modified: Wednesday, November 18, 2009

IU opens Evansville engagement office to enhance economic development in southwest Indiana

New office to serve as cornerstone of IU's economic development initiative, Innovate Indiana, in southwest Indiana

Nov. 18, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University has announced the opening of its newly created Office of Engagement in Evansville.

The new office will provide southwest Indiana with a 'front door' to IU, directly connecting the region to the university. By serving as a gateway for the community to access IU's resources, the office will enable the university to play a greater role in contributing to economic development in that region.

Bill Stephan

Indiana University Vice President for Engagement Bill Stephan this week announced that IU had opened a new economic development engagement office in Evansville as part of IU's Innovate Indiana initiative.

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IU established the Office of the Vice President for Engagement in 2007. Led by William B. Stephan, vice president, the IU office focuses on building partnerships with local business and community leaders to provide support and assistance for economic development. Bringing IU's resources to bear in Indiana communities is a priority for the Office of Engagement.

"Southwest Indiana, with its rich business history and strong alumni base, is a vital part of the state for IU. With the establishment of an engagement office in Evansville, IU's Innovate Indiana initiative continues to move forward, enhancing access to university research, technology, technical expertise, economic development and educational services to this important Indiana community," Stephan said in making the announcement.

The office will be located in downtown Evansville at Innovation Pointe, the high-tech business incubator operated by the Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville. The new office's address is: IU Office of Engagement, 318 Main St., Evansville, IN, 47546, and the phone number is 812-459-4484.

For more information, please contact Steve Chaplin, University Communications, at 812-856-1896 or