UW-Parkside/CATI share economic development honor
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside School
of Business and Technology and the Center for Advanced Technology and
Innovation (CATI) were jointly honored during a conference in
IEDC called UW-Parkside/CATI a "clear
standout" among organizations serving population centers between 50,000
and 200,000 for its development of inovaDRIVE. inovaDRIVE is described as a holistic
technology-based economic development strategy to identify and meet the
technology needs of small and mid-sized manufacturers in southeastern
create more value-added services for entrepreneurs and existing Racine and
cited Vista International Packaging as an example of what UW-Parkside and
CATI's inovaDRIVE initiative does for area companies.
International Packaging was searching for an outside resource, a 'think tank,'
for innovation and development of a technology strategy to accelerate the
process on new product introduction," said Vista President David Hagman. "[UW-Parkside
and] CATI came to the rescue. [Our] relationship...has evolved into a strategic
partnership that will flesh out new market opportunities in food packaging."
inovaDRIVE leverages faculty and students, along with leaders in large corporate R&D divisions to assess a small or mid-sized business' technology needs and either develop or acquire the appropriate technology or solution.
The award, in the words of IEDC Chairman
Ronnie L. Bryant, "serves as a salute to pacesetting organizations like
UW-Parkside/CATI for leading the charge.""
For more information about inovaDRIVE and theUW-Parkside/CATI partnership, call Wagner at 262-898-7512.