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Jones Appointed Executive Director of Economic Development

February 23, 2017

The UI Office of Research and Economic Development has appointed Jana Jones as the Executive Director of Economic Development. In this role, Jones will report directly to Vice President for Research and Economic Development Janet Nelson and will lead and coordinate the university's statewide economic development activities through proactive engagement with regional businesses, communities and economic development organizations. She will begin service on March 20, 2017.

Jones has extensive experience in economic development, project management, marketing and sales, and business, and is a UI alumna with a degree in marketing and public relations. She has been the director of economic development services for the Boise Valley Economic Partnership since 2006, and previously served as the economic development manager for the Idaho Department of Commerce and president/CEO of Quality Produce.

Jones was named among North America's Top 50 Economic Developers by Consultant Connect in 2015, was an executive board member and founding member of the Southwest Idaho Manufacturing Association, and is a past president and board member of the Idaho Economic Development Association.

"Jones will serve a vital role as the university's statewide economic development leader, helping to fulfill UI's land-grant mission of serving Idaho with research, education and engagement that enriches communities and improves citizens' lives," Nelson said. "I welcome her to our team and look forward to collaborating with her to shape the university's economic development activities."

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