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DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES GIFT TO BEGIN CONNELLY CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND EMERGING ENTERPRISES

 PITTSBURGH, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to respond to President Bill Clinton's recently released policy statement challenging America to charter "a new direction to build economic strength," Duquesne University has established the John E. Connelly Center for Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (CEEE).
 In making the announcement at a press conference, university President Dr. John E. Murray Jr. said that Pittsburgh entrepreneur and businessman Connelly has made a $420,000 gift to Duquesne's A.J. Palumbo School of Business Administration to begin the center.
 According to Murray, through Connelly's support and the center's academic initiatives, "Duquesne's School of Business Administration is poised to make a significant contribution to revitalizing the manufacturing base as well as support new businesses in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region."
 Connelly is the chairman and chief executive officer of J. Edward Connelly Associates, Inc. He is the founder, owner and CEO of The Gateway Clipper Fleet, as well as riverboat fleets in various parts of the United States. Collectively, his fleets are among the largest excursion fleets in the nation. His other companies include the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, office buildings and various marketing, advertising, sales promotion and management companies. In 1992, Connelly was awarded an honorary degree from Duquesne.
 Dean of the School of Business Administration, Thomas J. Murrin, said the center will offer education and training services in advanced operations concepts, including lean and agile manufacturing, technology management and utilization, team building and group learning, buyer-supplier relationship building, leadership, marketing, finance and strategic planning.
 Clinton's recent policy calls for moving in a new direction which includes strengthening America's industrial competitiveness and creating jobs, creating a business environment which will provide technical innovation and new ideas for investment, coordinated management of technology across government, forging a closer relationship among industry, federal and state governments, workers and universities, redirecting the focus of national efforts, and a reaffirmation of a commitment to basic science. All of those policy directions will be a part of Duquesne's Connelly Center emphasis.
 Through the newly established center, Duquesne will participate as a partner in the Pittsburgh Manufacturing Assistance Program (PMAP), which is a developing alliance of the area's leading economic development organizations, education and university centers. PMAP's purpose is to develop, coordinate and support the revitalization efforts of high performance manufacturing in the Pittsburgh region.
 Murrin also announced that Barry Maciak will be the director of the Connelly Center. Maciak is formerly the managing director of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center which is a program of the Technology Development and Education Corporation (TDEC), a non-profit organization under contract with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to design and deliver management and technical consulting services to small and medium-sized manufacturers.
 Murrin added, "The Connelly Center is equipped to provide information, guidance and support to a large number of small- and medium-sized businesses and, in the process, help them become much more competitive."
 Uniquely, the center's faculty will team with client firms to help implement cooperative plans and programs, committing to long-term relationships. The center will provide follow-up support services as an integral part of its programs. Faculty from the program will be assigned to companies to assist with specific development programs or with a general assessment of the company's health and future growth plans.
 In time, each participant will be computer-linked to the center and to each other to facilitate networking. Also in time, the center will develop financial awards to selected business ventures, recognizing distinguished or innovative entrepreneurial efforts.
 Murrin added that special efforts will be made "to attract minority firms and those which, because of their unique features or mission, would add diversity to the participant population."
 Faculty for the center will include Duquesne Business Administration professors; professors from other schools within the university, when appropriate; proven experts from industry, education and government; as well as Connelly, when available.
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 /CONTACT: Ann Rago, director of public relations of Duquesne University, 412-434-6052/


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