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President Holland to Unveil UVU’s New Business Engagement Strategy on Nov. 5

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October 29, 2010
For Immediate Release

For more information: Val Hale (801) 863-8335
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Chelsey Richardson (801) 863-8504

A top priority for Utah Valley University President Matthew S. Holland since beginning his administration in June of 2009 has been that of community engagement, including efforts to invigorate the area’s economy through the creation of strong relationships between UVU and local businesses.

On Friday, Nov. 5, Holland will unveil the University’s new business engagement strategy at the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce First Friday Forum breakfast in the UVU Sorensen Student Center. He will introduce seven initiatives that are designed to maximize UVU’s economic impact in the region.

The initiatives were formulated by scores of prominent business and community leaders from Utah and Wasatch counties, who met on several occasions to brainstorm how UVU could best serve as an economic catalyst in the region. The committee was chaired by Fraser Bullock, co-founder and managing director of Sorenson Capital and the president and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, and by Greg Butterfield, former president of Altiris and current managing partner of SageCreek Partners. A sub-committee then examined the recommendations and condensed them into the seven initiatives that President Holland will present at the forum.

“I think that the [business engagement strategy] that the university has going forward is a terrific opportunity for businesses in the community,” said Rona Rahlf, Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce chair-elect and president and publisher of the Daily Herald. “It’s a win-win situation for everyone all around: to be able to connect with the students and help them achieve their goals, while helping the businesses achieve their goals as well.”

President Holland has reached out to leaders of industry, education, community and nonprofit organizations in an effort to foster relationships focused on mutually beneficial results for those organizations, UVU students, faculty and the larger community. Those connections give UVU students opportunities to experience real-world learning and internships, while allowing the University to utilize its vast resources to assist local businesses and bolster economic development throughout the state.

“We are excited to share these new initiatives with the business community,” Holland said. “Some of the brightest minds in our state came up with these strategies. We are confident they will enhance our role as a driver of economic development in Utah Valley and beyond.”

Val Hale, UVU vice president for university relations and chair-elect for the Chamber in 2011, added: “UVU is poised to become a major player in our region when it comes to economic development. We want to be closely tied with businesses, non-profits, and civic organizations. We believe we have a lot to offer, and we hope business leaders will join us for the Forum.”

The public is welcome to attend the breakfast in order to learn about the initiatives and to consider ways they can partner with UVU going forward. The breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. in the UVU Sorensen Student Center’s Grande Ballroom. Cost is $5. To RSVP for the breakfast, please contact the Chamber of Commerce office at (801) 851-2555 or send an e-mail to jjohnson@thechamber.org.

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