Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 60.17
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Blake Fry
Special Assistant to the Chancellor
Chancellor's Office
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Reuse of Municipal Power Plant for Center for Innovation and Business Development

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

In March 2014, UW-River Falls opened the Center for Innovation and Business Development (CIBD). The CIBD is dedicated to supporting economic growth and development in the greater St. Croix Valley through offering assistance and resources to businesses in the region. Given this purpose, UW-River Falls wanted to locate the CIBD and the already existing Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in a prominent and easily accessible location.

Recognizing the value the CIBD will have for the community, the City of River Falls offered UW-River Falls rent and utility free use of unused office space in the decommissioned municipal power plant. The City of River Falls and UW-River Falls worked together on the renovation of the office space and a ribbon cutting was held for the space in March.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

The CIBD has already provided numerous benefits to the community and region including:

The pairing of MBA and undergraduate business students with local businesses for work on special projects that the businesses would otherwise be unable to complete.

The CIBD leading work local efforts in River Falls and Amery. The purpose of these efforts is to educate residents on the exciting career opportunities in their communities, therefore reducing the number of qualified professionals making the commute to Minneapolis/St. Paul

Working with communities on the planning and zoning needed to accommodate expected population and economic growth in an environmentally responsible manner.


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