Indiana University Kokomo's pioneering approach to transforming the region through knowledge, innovation, and entrepreneurship was spotlighted this week during a national conference in Washington, D.C.

Chancellor Michael Harris was invited to participate in a panel discussion of the three-day conference titled, "Accelerating Regional Solutions: Finding Unique Pathways to American Prosperity," hosted by Transformative Regional Engagements (TRE) Networks. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and address the nation's move to regionalism in growth anddevelopment.

"Universities are being transformed as well. We are taking on a new role - building coalitions, transforming our regions, and embarking on a new way of thinking about leadership," Harris said.

During a break out session discussing "Making Regionalism Work," Harris shared the many successes and lessons IU Kokomo has experienced and learned within the past year working with to leaders in business, government, and nonprofit organizations.

"The future economic well being in the state of Indiana lies largely in the success of regional campuses making a difference within the communities they serve," Harris said. "IU Kokomo follows the direction of IU President Michael McRobbie to emerge as a leader in transforming north central Indiana."

Also attending the conference was Bill Stephan, vice president for engagement for IU. He coordinates and connects the university's resources with strategic opportunities that foster Indiana's economic growth and works closely with IU Kokomo.

Others participants included Paul Corson, U.S. Department of Commerce; Mark Skinner, State Science & Technology Institute in Westerville, Ohio, and Director of Regional Innovation Acceleration Network; Luis Proenza, president of the University of Akron; and Marvin G. Parnes, associate vice president for research and executive director of research administration at the University of Michigan.

The TRE Roundtable is an initiative of TRE Networks, an independent nonprofit organization focused on connecting universities with members of the "quadruple helix"- education, government, businesses, and nonprofit organizations-to create real, lasting growth and prosperity in their regions through innovation-based regional development.