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The Journal Gazette

March 17, 2017 1:19 PM

Business leaders: Economic success relies on strong public university

SHERRY SLATER | The Journal Gazette

Northeast Indiana's economic success depends on maintaining a strong public university, representatives of the local business community said today in a news conference on the IPFW campus.

Ron Turpin, who led the presentation, is chairman of Greater Fort Wayne Inc., the local economic development organization. About 100 faculty, students and media representatives attended in the Helmke Library.

Twenty to 30 business leaders and elected officials have collaborated on a list of eight items they believe are critical to IPFW's success after its parent universities separate their administrative offices and academic programs, Turpin said.

Among the group's priorities are keeping strong a Indiana University presence and a strong Purdue University presence on the Coliseum Boulevard campus.

The business leaders also favor creating one local, independent foundation to attract funding for both institutions; having a northeast Indiana representative on both universities' board of trustees; seeking "significant new funding" for the local campus; and maintaining a Division I athletics program at Purdue University-Fort Wayne.

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