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Managing Place

NIU’s Division of Outreach, Engagement, and Regional Development promotes the concept that regions matter. They provide the scale required to support innovations and build all types of assets – human, governmental, economic, cultural, and environmental.

Regional Centers

Hosting off-campus degree programs and professional development opportunities for working adults
http://www.niu.edu/outreach/Regional_Centers/index.shtml

Introducing thousands of K-12 students to outdoor education
http://www.niu.edu/taft/

Hosting hundreds of exceptional meetings and events for businesses, associations, and NGOs
http://www.niu.edu/conferenceCenters/index.shtml

Regional Centers

Virtual Meetings

Providing virtual meeting tools for NIU faculty and staff to connect to the region for informational webinars, meetings, and training
http://elearning.niu.edu/collaborative/connect.shtml

Creating virtual 3 dimensional spaces for simulation, training, and cultural engagement
http://elearning.niu.edu/virtualEnviro.html


Economic Development

Local Government News service keeps regional leaders informed
http://www.niutoday.info/2013/03/18/niu-acquires-local-government-news-service/

Helping communities grow, keep jobs, and attract new businesses
http://www.cgsniu.org/services/community_and_economic_development.html

Informing sound decision-making for optimal returns on public investments
http://www.cgsniu.org/services/public_management_and_training.html

Promoting healthy, balanced communities.

Matching employer needs with available community workforces
http://www.cgsniu.org/services/workforce_development_human_services.html

Economic Growth

Arts & Culture

Sharing world-class performances and learning opportunities via broadband
http://www.niu.edu/music/media/webcasts/index.shtml

Bringing public radio to northern Illinois
http://www.northernpublicradio.org/

WNIJ news reporter Susan Stephens wins trio of awards from Illinois broadcasters association
http://www.niutoday.info/2013/03/15/wnij-news-reporter-susan-stephens-wins-trio-of-awards-from-illinois-broadcasters-association/

Expanding access to faculty research through digital repositories
http://www.niutoday.info/2011/05/24/university-libraries-its-collaborating-to-create-storage-via-huskie-commons-digital-repository/

Arts&Culture

Manufacturing

Helping manufacturers retool for success in a hard-hit, six-county region of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin
http://www.soisourcelink.com/home

Encouraging growth in manufacturing through innovation, entrepreneurship, and investment
http://www.nga.org/files/live/sites/NGA/files/pdf/2013/1301NGAManufacturingReportWeb.pdf

Providing new markets for local farm commodities and resources for commercialization of bio-based, industrial products
http://www.agtech.niu.edu/

Manufacturing

Consulting

Analyzing trends for local governments and NGOs
http://www.cgsniu.org

Consulting

Global

Serving as North American center for international consortium on regional development
http://pascalobservatory.org/

Facilitating coordination among faculty and staff involved in projects in Africa
http://www.niu.edu/africa/



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