Regional Development Institute

Broadband Network Development

NIU provides regional and national leadership for design, construction, and utilization of high-speed broadband networks. Working with more than 700 local anchor institutions across the region, NIU’s Regional Development Institute and Information Technology Services are building more than 2200 miles of fiber optic networks.



Senior Research Scholar, John Lewis

Broadband Development Group

Broadband Development Group

Executive Director, Lisa Bergeron, (815) 753-0924

Health and Technology Initiatives

RDI leads development of advanced telecommunications networks for diagnosis and treatment; operates a cutting-edge cancer treatment center; and delivers an array of education, research, and technical services for healthcare institutions and professionals.

Director, Lisa Bergeron

Illinois Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center

Illinois Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (IL-HITREC)

Director, Roger Holloway

IL-HITREC helps facilitate the electronic exchange of information across health care settings and meet the national goals for improved and more equitable healthcare.

Manufacturing Assistance and New Business Planning

Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center (IMEC)

Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center (IMEC)

IMEC provides assistance with engineering, technical needs, information technology, and marketing support for small and medium-sized companies.