Innovation Celebration 2016: Save the Date + Nominations Open

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We are pleased to announce the 11th Annual Innovation Celebration in recognition of those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions, taken risks, and provided leadership to ensure the continuing economic success of Champaign County, the ongoing success of the University’s economic development mission, and the growth of entrepreneurial talent and energy in our Read more »

Capital One Opens the Illinois Digital Campus Lab at University of Illinois Research Park

From the UI Research Park: CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (Oct. 23, 2015) – The University of Illinois and Capital One (DOW: COF), today announced the grand opening of the Capital One Illinois Digital Campus Lab in Research Park. The Digital Campus Lab is Capital One’s newest lab and the company’s first partnership with a university. The Lab Read more »

University of Illinois Appoints New Willard Airport Executive Director

From the U of I News Bureau: The new executive director of the U. of I.’s Willard Airport has more than 25 years airport management experience. David “Gene” Cossey (COO-zee) was named the airport’s executive director Oct. 20 following a national search led by a university-appointed committee. He will start Dec. 7. “Gene stood out Read more »

National Manufacturing Day – BRG Sports Tour


To celebrate National Manufacturing Day, we toured BRG Sports in Rantoul this morning with our Board members & the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. Some fun facts about the Rantoul facility: > Over 4.3 million helmets are produced each year – the first “Made in the USA” helmet rolled out in June 2014. Read more »

Champaign-Urbana Reminds World of Innovation History with “You’re Welcome” Campaign

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Effort highlights history of innovation, culture, quality of life Champaign, IL (September 23, 2015) – From the plasma TV to the Web browser to LED technology and oh-so-delicious whipped cream in a can, Champaign-Urbana has a rich legacy of innovation that is virtually unmatched. Yet, few people outside of the 217 area code realize that Read more »

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