Regional Development

Regional Development


Regions matter. They provide the scale required to support innovations that contribute to growth and prosperity. NIU’s regional development collaborations build human, governmental, economic, cultural, and environmental assets across the region.

Regional Development Institute (RDI)

Regional Development Institute

Innovations that lead to local prosperity and regional growth.

Center for Governmental Studies

Center for Governmental Studies

Expertise in research, planning, and implementation to aid community, workforce, and economic growth.

NIUNet

NIUNet

Planning and implementation of a 2200 mile, high-speed broadband network across the northern Illinois region

RDI: Broadband Development Group

RDI: Broadband Development Group

Design, contracting, and installation of broadband solutions.

Health Technology Initiatives

Healthcare applications for broadband networks and cutting-edge cancer treatment

Illinois Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center

Illinois Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (IL-HITREC)

Director, Roger Holloway

IL-HITREC helps facilitate the electronic exchange of information across health care settings and meet the national goals for improved and more equitable healthcare.

Rural Health Resource Services

Rurall Health Resource Services

Education, research, and technical services for healthcare institutions and professionals.

Illinois Rural HealthNet

Illinois Rural HealthNet 

Executive Director, Roger Holloway

NIU is leading development of Illinois Rural HealthNet, a high-speed, fiber optic network connecting rural Illinois hospitals with specialists at larger facilities throughout the state and nation. When completed, this federally-funded, $24 million network will transform healthcare delivery in many areas of the state where access to specialty care is not currently available.

Manufacturing


Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center

Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center

Assistance with engineering, technical needs, information technology, and marketing support for small and medium-sized companies.