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Center for Innovation, Business Center awaits ribbon cutting ceremony

April 4, 2014

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly renovated east office addition of the River Falls Municipal Power Plant has been scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8. The updated space will house the newly created UW-River Falls Center for Innovation and Business Development (CIBD) and relocated Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The ceremony is co-sponsored by UWRF and the River Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau.

“We are excited to have the Center for Innovation and Business Development,” said Glenn Potts, dean of the UWRF College of Business and Economics. “It will make a difference for the St. Croix Valley businesses. The CIBD allows us to help start-ups with the SBDC and to use the skill and ability of MBA students to help the region’s business. Also, the CIBD will give our region’s economic development professionals better access to the resources of the university. Danielle Ailts Campeau, the newly hired director of the CIBD, is a skilled professional who will be able to direct the resources of the university to help the business community.”

The CIBD is one result of ongoing collaboration on economic development initiatives between UWRF and the city of River Falls. The city of River Falls is providing the space free of charge and has been a critical partner in completing the needed renovations of the east office addition.

“I am grateful to the city of River Falls for working with the university to establish the Center for Innovation and Business Development,” said UWRF Chancellor Dean Van Galen. “This is another example of the positive ways that UWRF and the River Falls community work together to make our region a great place to work and live.”

The ribbon cutting is open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Blake Fry, UWRF special assistant to the chancellor, at 715-425-3711 or email