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IESD Joins Forces with Independence Chamber of Commerce

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan 26, 2011) - Charles Ambrose, president of the University of Central Missouri, recently was joined by representatives of the Independence Chamber of Commerce, Metropolitan Community College-Blue River and UCM as he signed an occupancy agreement with the Independence Chamber of Commerce for office space to be utilized by UCM's Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and Development and other UCM entities.

UCM’s IESD has had a long-standing relationship with the Independence Chamber of Commerce. This agreement will allow the IESD and other UCM entities to provide even more benefits and programs to the Independence chamber members and area community.

Ambrose expressed his excitement at the opportunities the expanded relationship will provide to both Independence and the university in a joint effort to improve the opportunities for economic development, workforce development and entrepreneurial activity.

When the space became available, Rick Hemmingsen, president of the Independence Chamber of Commerce, approached the IESD at UCM with the offer of space. He cited the need for an even greater presence of UCM within the Independence community to provide greater benefits to the Chamber membership. By maintaining a regular presence within the facility, UCM plans to expand its relationships with both the chamber membership and the Metropolitan Community College programs at Blue River.

While the IESD will manage the space, several UCM entities are expected to have a regular presence in the space, including the IESD, the Entrepreneur Zone, Workforce Central and others. The IESD plans to offer expanded onsite business counseling, consulting and workshops through its Small Business and Technology Development Center, and through the Entrepreneur Zone.  UCM's Extended Campus, through its Workforce Central operation. is planning to offer various workforce development counseling and classes, and to promote its Green Retrofit program to the community at large. UCM also plans to host regular events that will be open to the Chamber members and to the Independence community at large.

IESD and Independence Chamber of Commerce

Participating in the signing the agreement between the Independence Chamber of Commerce and the UCM Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and Development were, front row, left to right, Charles Ambrose, president of the University of Central Missouri; Patti Schumacher, chair of the board, Independence chamber; Rick Hemmingsen, president, Independence chamber; back row, left to right, Jon Burke, dean of student development, Metropolitan Community College-Blue River; Joe Seabrooks, president, MCC-Blue River; Gary White, board member, Independence chamber; Vaughn Cornish, chair-elect, Independence chamber; Stan Shurmantine, govermental affairs, Independence chamber; Joe Vaughn, dean of the UCM School of Graduate and Extended Studies; Roger Best, dean of the UCM Harmon College of Business Administration; Cheryl Carpenter-Davis, dean of instruction, MCC-Blue River; Mark Manley, director of the UCM Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies & Development.