FAYETTE, IA (March 12, 2009)--Upper Iowa University has learned it will receive $238,000 in federal funding as a result of an omnibus appropriations bill passed by the U.S. Senate late Tuesday night and signed by President Obama yesterday (Wednesday).
The University will use the allocation toward the purchase of computer equipment for UIU's new e-Center building, which is part of a $60 million capital outlay planned over the next several years.
"It is clear that our federal delegation saw the value in Upper Iowa's e-Center," said Andrew Wenthe, Director of External Affairs/e-Center. "We are developing strong local partnerships to support this venture and are grateful for the federal assistance provided by Senator Harkin, Senator Grassley and Congressman Braley during the appropriations process."
The mission of the Upper Iowa e-Center is to aid and speed economic recovery at the local, state and regional level by supporting and assisting business owners along the Highway 150 corridor. Upper Iowa University's e-Center will be a facility serving as a regional hub for economic development, academic instruction, and research supported by the dissemination of technology. The e-Center will also house an institutional data center, Information Technology academic program, and business incubation space.
"Upper Iowa University recognizes the potential it has for strengthening the local and regional economy through education and the use of technology," said UIU President Alan G. Walker. "This appropriation will help us realize that potential."
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