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Cedar Valley residents make action plan for UNI

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

The Iowa Board of Regents is scheduled to vote on proposed cuts to the University of Northern Iowa Wednesday.

Tuesday, Cedar Valley business owners and stakeholders came together to talk about the economic impact the college has on the community.

Many of these people are concerned the decision to make cuts to the college came too fast.

Mayor Jon Crews, a UNI alum, joined the conversation Tuesday. He urged people to not only contact their local officials in Black Hawk County, but they need to contact other representatives out of the area.

"You need 51 votes in the house to pass a bill, not to tie, but to raise education funding, so on this point my advice is to find out who your friends or relatives are in other districts," said Mayor Crews, "You need to tell the message that UNI educates Iowans and they stay here in Iowa, a high percentage, so that's important."

Tuesday night the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber will host their annual legislative reception in Des Moines.

Some of these local business owners got an email release from the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber. They were surprised to see this as one of the talking points for that event.

"We support UNI President Ben Allen and Provost Gloria Gibson in their decision making and encourage the administration and legislators to align themselves with tough decisions required to secure a good future for UNI, given the current realities of funding higher education in Iowa and the US."

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