Annual Summit Agenda

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

1:00 – 7:00 pm

Milwaukee Brewery Tour

The UEDA Conference Breweries tour is a 6-hour bus tour. We’ll visit 4 locations on the tour, each offering their own tours and beer samples. Round-trip transportation and guided fun is included, along with the drinks as noted previously. Please note, a Milwaukee soft pretzel and water will be provided on the tour.

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Conference Registration and Exhibitor Setup

Foyer, 7th Floor

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Board Meeting


1:00 – 5:00 pm

Pre-Conference Forum:
Building a Flash Workforce: Design Thinking Workshop and Panel Discussion Featuring Wisconsin & Nevada

UW-Madison Lounge, 7th Floor

Many of our regions have submitted for Amazon HQ2. What would happen if your region is awarded a new headquarters? As major employers begin their presence in Wisconsin, they face the need to attract significant talent in a region with historically low unemployment rates. To help solve these challenges, Wisconsin turned economic development professionals in Nevada to learn how large employers like Panasonic and Tesla are working to attract a workforce. Join representatives from Panasonic, as well as economic development experts from Wisconsin and Nevada to learn what innovations they are using to combat workforce issues and how higher education is playing a significant role. Then, participate in a workshop facilitated with design thinking tools; generate ideas on how to build a flash workforce—whether 50 employees or 50,000 employees—in your region.

  • Phyllis King (moderator), Vice Provost, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • Rebecca Deschane, Director of Talent, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  • Bryan Albrecht, President, Gateway Technical College
  • Zach Kumler, Former Lead Recruiter & Workforce Initiatives, Panasonic
  • Bob Potts, Research Director, Nevada Office of Economic Development
  • Mridul Gautam, Vice President for Research and Innovation, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Margo Fliss, Manager of Strategic Engagement Center for Economic Development, University of Alaska
  • Nolan Klouda, Executive Director Center for Economic Development, University of Alaska

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

New Member or First Time Attendee Reception


6:00 – 7:00 pm

Welcome/Show Your Colors Reception


Show your school spirit to kick off the 2018 UEDA Annual Summit by wearing your school colors, logos, and mascots. Meet new friends and reconnect with others! Following the reception, delegates are encouraged to dine-around town at some of Milwaukee’s popular eateries.

7:30 pm

Local Dine-Arounds with UEDA Board Members

Monday, October 22, 2018

7:00 – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast


7:15 – 7:45 am

Award of Excellence Information Session

UW-Madison Lounge, 7th Floor

8:00 – 8:05 am

Summit Opening

Ray Cross, President, University of Wisconsin System

Grand Ballroom

8:05 – 8:15 am

Welcome to Milwaukee

Rebecca Kleefisch, Lt. Governor of Wisconsin

Grand Ballroom

8:15 – 9:00 am

Keynote Address

Alan S. Yeung, Ph.D., Director, U.S. Strategic Initiatives, Foxconn & President, FEWI Development Corporation

Established in 1974, Foxconn Technology Group (“Foxconn”) is the global leader in manufacturing services for the computer, communication, and consumer electronics (3C) industry. A multinational company headquartered in Taiwan, Foxconn offers leading U.S. and international companies in electronics a one-stop integrated manufacturing solution.  Foxconn generated total annual revenue of $158 billion in 2017 and was ranked No. 27 on the 2017 Fortune magazine Global 500. The company has facilities in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Foxconn is leveraging the potential of cloud computing, mobile devices, the Internet of Things, Big Data, artificial intelligence, networks, and robotics and automation, in its transformation as a leading high-tech enterprise and industrial Internet company. The company has research centers and testing laboratories internationally and has received more than 83,500 patents worldwide.  In addition to maximizing value creation for customers, Foxconn is also dedicated to enhancing the concept of environmental sustainability in the manufacturing process and serving as a best-practices model for global enterprises.

Grand Ballroom

9:15 – 10:30 am

Entrepreneurial Initiatives: A Goldmine of Revenue-Generating Opportunities

Grand East

Academic Institutions are faced with a multitude of financial challenges, including decreased funding, increased costs, and decreased enrollment. We will explain how entrepreneurial ecosystem initiatives offer a goldmine of revenue-generating opportunity just under the surface. Entrepreneurial leaders are addressing this issue head on.

  • Samantha Steidle, Ph.D. Student and Innovation Officer, Old Dominion University and Virginia Western Community College
  • Sheri WinesettBusiness Innovator & Facilitator, 21st Century Leadership and The Future of Work
Regional Talent Pipeline: Higher Education’s Bold Response

Kings Row

The metropolitan Milwaukee region is experiencing unprecedented economic growth through the success of regional cooperation such as the Milwaukee 7 Regional Economic Development Partnership (M7). However, to reach its full potential, the region must develop the knowledge-workers needed to lead in the economy of the 21st century. The Higher Education Regional Alliance (HERA) is designed to address the challenges and opportunities in building and sustaining a pipeline of high-skilled knowledge workers needed to sustain growth in the new economy of SE Wisconsin. In this presentation, educational leaders will share how the alliance supports a higher education ecosystem aligned with needs of the region in which they serve.

The Future of Work Space: How and Where Innovation Will Happen,
and Implications for Universities, Municipalities, and Real Estate Developers

Imperial Ballroom

How and where we do high-end knowledge work is very much in flux.  Stand-alone single-occupant research parks are giving way to mixed-use and multi-tenant sites anchored by research institutions.  Meanwhile, co-working spaces are on the rise, not just for freelancers and startups but for larger employers, upending real estate markets in the process.  This session will identify key principles and trends that will shape the future of work space, and, by diving into data points and case study examples, offer guidance on how universities, municipalities, and real estate developers can prepare accordingly.

  • Lee Huang, Senior Vice President and Principal, Econsult Solutions, Inc.
  • Adam Glaser, Planning+Strategies Leader, Perkins+Will
  • Mary Frances Postupack, Vice President, Economic Development & Entrepreneurship, East Stroudsburg University
  • Tracy Shickel, Director, Economic Development, University of Delaware

10:30 – 10:45 am

Morning Break – Sponsored by Virginia Tech


10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations – Place

Grand East

Asset Based Planning in Rural Tennessee Counties

Submitted by The University of Tennessee

In 2016, the UT Center for Industrial Services (UTCIS) and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) developed an Asset Based Planning Program serving 23 rural, distressed counties throughout the state. The purpose of the program is to help participating counties identify 2-3 economic development projects that build on community assets and can be implemented within a twelve-month period. UTCIS and TNECD expanded the program to an additional 21 counties in 2017, and has continued to grow and improve the program through 2018.

The program has several unique factors, including: (1) an ABP meeting in each participating county to help community leaders define community assets and identify economic development projects; (2) network of university agencies and development districts that provide the reach, capacity, and reputation to quickly ramp up, deliver and continually improve a statewide program; (3) ongoing technical assistance effort involving TNECD, Development Districts and UTCIS to assist counties throughout the process, revisit existing plans, update goals, and evaluate results; (4) central role in state rural development strategy and integration with other regional and state funding and technical assistance efforts; (5) emphasis on positive actions that build on community assets and strengths; and (5) collaborative partner efforts to continually revise, improve and strengthen the program.

Results include: (1) 44 completed asset based plans and reports that identify key themes, community assets, and actions; (2) Identification of approximately 150 short-term projects addressing site development, tourism, retail development, workforce, and other topics; (3) TNECD grants and other funding to help counties implement projects; (4) projects that are completed or close to completion in each of the initial 23 counties; (5) More visible university role in rural development; (6) Statewide network, approach and process to to assist with project implementation, plan revisions and evaluation; (7) Proven rural development approach that is ongoing, replicable and producing results; and (8) Positive planning environment that focuses on capitalizing existing strengths and extensive partner-community collaboration.

  • Dr. Paul Jennings, Executive Director of the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services

UGA Archway Partnership Addresses Health Care Needs in Rural Georgia
Submitted by The University of Georgia

Rural hospitals are in crisis as the complex health care landscape continues to change. Nationally, 83 rural hospitals have closed since 2010.  Georgia has experienced six such closures in that time period and many other rural hospitals have had to eliminate emergency care or other services. Taylor Regional Hospital in Pulaski County, GA, was once on the precipice of closure. Hospital leadership credits the strong community bonds created through the community’s participation in the UGA Archway Partnership program as a key factor in the hospital’s ability to not only stay open, but expand services at a time when similar hospitals are shutting their doors. Embedded faculty from UGA work side-by-side with local stakeholders to identify challenges and opportunities and garner appropriate university expertise to support community goals. Through the community’s involvement in the Archway Partnership, faculty and students from the College of Public Health evaluated health data, conducted surveys and hosted focus groups to conduct a mandated Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) on behalf of the hospital. Feedback received through the CHNA process led to the establishment of an urgent care clinic.  The clinic, known as Taylor Express Care, has been key to the hospital’s ability to survive. Performance results delivered by this innovative partnership have led to a thriving urgent care clinic seeing, on average, 18 patients per day and a reduction in non-emergent use of the emergency room, decreasing emergency room volume by nearly 10% since the clinic opened.

  • Michelle Elliott, Operations Coordinator, Archway Partnership
  • Sam Perren, Archway Professional – Pulaski County

North Campus Corridor Industry Co-location Development
Submitted by Kansas State University

In an effort to create the kind of campus spaces in which K-State can partner with established public and private sector partners while having a physical nexus to campus, collaborations can be expanded, and companies can take advantage of close proximity to NBAF, K-State and the Manhattan community are creating the North Campus Corridor, a 4-mile stretch of streets that make up the north edge of the Kansas State University campus.  This will be a place that will be fitting of the university’s global leadership and reside on the campus north edge alongside both College of Agriculture and College of Veterinary Medicine research facilities and research land as well as the future National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF). The North Campus Corridor cultivates national, state and industry collaboration to solve some of the world’s most pressing questions. New facilities built in this corridor will benefit and be able to leverage the extensive resources and capabilities of Kansas State University and existing partners. Anchored by the $1.25B National Bio and Agro-defense Facility and K-State’s Biosecurity Research Institute, the Corridor serves as the physical nexus of a plan that establishes Kansas, the region, and the university as the destination for the world’s established food and animal health companies and global food systems-related research and educational talent. The City of Manhattan, Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, Kansas State University, KSU Foundation, KSU-IC, and K-State Athletics have partnered to develop plans and financing strategies to make the corridor visions a reality. The KSU Foundation has taken a leadership role in developing 56 acres that make up the K-State Office and Research Parks, providing office and build-to-lease lab space for established companies, state and federal partners that advance Kansas State University. In addition, the public infrastructure investments in the corridor will create a vibrant neighborhood for the public. The area described is currently a high vehicular traffic thoroughfare for the community, but also has large sidewalks that are heavily used for pedestrians as running or biking trails. The streetscape, however, is unattractive, dilapidated and dangerous to cross because of the high vehicular traffic, especially on K-State Athletics gamedays. The vision for the corridor is to enhance the pedestrian experience via the addition of streetscape and landscape (trees, iconic kneewalls and gateways/entry features), as well as enhance the safety features for pedestrians (crosswalks, medians, bus dropoffs).

  • Rebecca Robinson, Director of Economic Development, Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization
  • Jason Hilgers, Deputy City Manager, City of Manhattan

Advance Iowa
Submitted by The University of Northern Iowa

The majority of Iowa is rural and most of their small businesses are isolated from the services necessary to successfully operate and grow. Rural businesses continue to face challenges into the information age and the biggest hurdle for rural companies is yet to come. According to the Business Enterprise Institute (BEI) in the next ten years two-thirds of all businesses are going to transfer ownership. Without proper planning and support, these rural companies won’t be able to make the transition effectively, which will result in the loss of wealth, jobs, and economic vitality in the communities they serve.  CBGI has established Advance Iowa, a comprehensive consulting program designed to work with small to medium enterprises to enhance profitability and growth, create strategy within their companies, and plan for their exit. Leveraging an array of tools and resources, the Advance Iowa staff is addressing the complex problems and issues facing today’s entrepreneurs, including strategy development, transition planning, wealth enhancement and leadership improvement. The project includes a combination of one on one project work, peer learning groups, and connections with university resources, private service providers, and other economic development assistance programs throughout the state.  Over the 5+ years of the Advance Iowa program’s existence, 465 companies in 68 of Iowa’s 99 counties have received assistance.

  • Paul Kinghorn, Director, Center for Business Growth and Innovation at The University of Northern Iowa
Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations – Innovation + Talent

Kings Row

Peer Mentorship Program to Promote Diversity within the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession

Submitted by California State University, Northridge: Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition, and Dietetics

There is a shortage of bilingual and culturally diverse Registered Dietitians (RD/RDN) to serve the needs of our community.  

In a day in age where the Hispanic population makes up more than 15 percent of the US population, followed by Blacks and Asians  and 32 states have a prevalence of obesity equal to or greater than 25 percent it makes sense that health care workers should be representative of the population.  However, data released by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics indicates that only three percent of all registered dietitians (RD) self-disclosed themselves as Hispanic, three percent as Black or African American, and five percent as Asian, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander.  In addition, only three percent of all RDs self-disclosed as being male. This recognition has led the Academy to develop programs and initiatives which promote diversity in dietetics.

California leads the nation with the largest Hispanic population; which is also categorized as the fastest growing minority population. In the San Fernando Valley, more than 40 percent of the population was Hispanic or Latino

In order to attract culturally diverse candidates, primarily of Hispanic/Latino or Asian descent, to the CSUN/NEVHC Dietetic Internship, the program actively recruited through a formal Mentoring Program, open houses, seminars conducted with current Dietetic Interns, and one-on-one counseling.

A supportive mentor can mean the difference between struggle and success. Mentorship is vital for professional development and advancement in careers in nutrition and dietetics, as well as related professions (e.g., nursing, academic medicine, public health and epidemiology,global health innovators, occupational therapy, and physical therapy). Sylvia Escott-Stump, MA, RD, LDN, dietetics internship (DI) director for East Carolina University and consultant for Nutritional Balance, explained, “Often the best way to become successful is by teaching and supporting others.”  Because mentoring is recognized as being important, the Academy started offering mentoring programs. In addition, local and state dietetics associations have mentoring opportunities for registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) to mentor aspiring RDNs. The intent of this project is to present an overview of a peer mentoring program for the DI at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) to promote diversity within the dietetics field. Understanding the experiences and components of the CSUN DI peer mentoring program may be helpful to other DI programs who want to promote diversity and mentorship in dietetics education and other professions.

  • Sherry Sidick, Associate Director External Relations, Tseng College, California State University, Northridge

CSUN Summer Accelerator
Submitted by California State University, Northridge

CSUN’s Innovation ecosystem is based on taking students of diverse backgrounds and interests and uniting them to apply technologies to sustainably resolve commercial and social problems. The hallmarks of the system are: inclusion, irrespective of scholastic major all are encouraged to participate; diversity, we encourage and support development of inter-disciplinary teams as multiple perspectives are likely to produce better solutions; curiosity, students are encouraged to consider how various tools might address the needs of a particular problem, design experiments and generate data to prove hypotheses.

Our ecosystem is comprised of three tiers: (1) student/faculty technology engagement (learning how new tools might be used to address a wide variety of problems (2) customer discovery (packaging and delivering the technology into a format preferred by the customer and superior to competitive alternatives in meaningful ways), and (3) launching ventures through the resources and guidance provided by the CSUN summer accelerator and incubator.

The CSUN summer accelerator was designed to afford students the opportunity to work on either commercial or social ventures developed in I-Corps, Clinton Global Initiative, Bull-Ring, or student/faculty technology showcase events over ten weeks of summer.  Over these weeks, team’s interview 100 customers to confirm product/market fit and Business Model Canvas components, learn from industry experts about design thinking, competitive positioning, debt, equity, and grant funding, legal/financial requirements. Teams will visit and interview startups in the region, and meet weekly with dedicated EIR’s to identify and resolve issues.  From a group of over 60 applicants, 8 teams were selected.

  • Tim Tiemann, Managing Director, CSUN Innovation Incubator

Comprehensive Digital Records for the 21st Century Workplace
Submitted by Elon University

The academic transcript was once seen as the gold standard for equity and opportunity. But multiple reports on graduates’ career readiness and rigor have indicated that these credentials are outdated to the needs of the 21st century workforce. This is because the academic transcript struggles to signal to employers skills and competencies learned in the classroom. Institutions now are being pressured to demystify the value and practicality of a college degree.

In 2013, collaborations between the Elon Office of the Registrar and Student Affairs began to explore the production of a co-curricular transcript. What began to be known as the Elon Experiences Transcript (EET), the credential would document a student’s participation their Elon Experiences – five High-Impact Practices (global education/study abroad, internships, leadership, service learning, and undergraduate research. The EET would serve as a credential certified by the institution to document a student’s co-curricular activity. The transcript intended to provide students with an institution-backed credential they could share with employers to indicate skill attainment and “soft skill” development.

Elon University was selected as one of eight institutions in 2015 to receive a $1.27 million grant by AACRAO and NASPA to consider how to expand the learner record. The University Registrar and his design team decided on a digital-first credential that could embed data and links within the transcript. The Elon Visual EXP, the transcript’s latest iteration, provides employers an added layer of clarity to learning outcomes and competencies attained from their Experiences.

  • Alexander Taylor, Assistant Registrar for Communications, Office of the Registrar , Elon University

The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED)
Submitted by Rutgers University

The Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative (EPI) provides first generation entrepreneurs with intensive training, individual business and financial counseling, peer counseling, networking opportunities, and mentoring over a nine-month period to help them have profitable and sustainable businesses. EPI assists the entrepreneurs with developing a strategic plan to grow their businesses. At the completion of the nine months, participants have a plan to grow their business over the next three years that they can immediately start to implement. EPI was developed and is managed by The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED) at Rutgers Business School – Newark and New Brunswick. This initiative of CUEED is a collaboration with partners from non-profit, for-profit, corporate, and community-based organizations.

  • Jasmine Cordero, Managing Director/Administrator, Rutgers Business School- The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development
  • Marcela Zuchovicki, President and CEO, Jalima & Associates

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Lunch & Keynote Address

Grand Ballroom

Preparing Students to Succeed in the A.I. Age

Today, nearly every conversation about the future of work and the modern economy is dominated by the specter of robotics and intelligent machines. Several studies forecast that up to half of the jobs we know today will disappear over the next 20 years—and countless new jobs will be created. In his new book, “Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence,” Joseph E. Aoun confronts head on the need for colleges and universities to meet the challenge—and indeed the opportunity—presented by smart machines. The president of Northeastern University, Aoun will discuss his blueprint for higher education featuring three primary components: a new curriculum for the A.I. age; the case for experiential learning, the ideal delivery system for this new curriculum; and a clarion call for higher education to place lifelong learning at the heart of the educational enterprise.

Sponsored by California State University, Northridge

1:45 – 3:00 pm

Disrupting Economic Development from the Ground Up:
Talent & Innovation in a Successful Rural Ecosystem

Grand East

New approaches to University-led asset-based community economic development. Centered at Ohio University in SE Ohio and expanding over a tri-State, 60+county footprint, disparate players bring skills, funding, facilities and talent to an ideation-to-revenue continuum that embraces a wide diversity of innovation in our rural Appalachian region. Entrepreneurship, venture development, and place-based impact investing are the cornerstones of an ecosystem creating makerspaces, small-scale manufacturing, and social enterprises that open up new sectors for local economies.

  • Jennifer Simon, Director of Regional Innovation, Ohio University
  • John Glazer, TechGROWTH Director, Ohio University
  • Eli Flournoy, Co-Founder, Sugarbush Valley Impact Investments
  • Tasha Werry, Grant Coordinator, Marietta City School District
Creating Inclusive Economic Growth Through High-Impact Cluster Strategies

Kings Row

ICIC will present actionable insights into how public-private partnerships, inclusive of universities, are designing and implementing high-impact cluster strategies that leverage their area’s competitive industries. ICIC will focus on key findings from its recent report: Building Strong Clusters for Strong Urban Economies, as well as its deep knowledge of this field of practice. ICIC will explore the innovative ways in which higher education institutions are expanding their mission and activities beyond the classroom to be engines of economic change, creating new partnerships and acting as catalysts in their communities to drive growth, disrupt existing industries, and create opportunity for local residents.

Partnering to Advance Wisconsin as a Midwest Biomanufacturing Hub

Imperial Ballroom

Advanced manufacturing of therapeutic medical/lab devices and instrumentation, cells, or tissues – termed “Biomanufacturing” – is emerging as a substantial industry. The University of Wisconsin (UW) is an internationally recognized leader in biomanufacturing research, including cell therapy, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Wisconsin is home to 1,600 companies that encompass this industry sector. This session will explore how collaborations between public, private, and academic sectors are producing a talent and innovation pipeline for local businesses, leading to discoveries and development of disruptive new products and services, and creating spaces for collaboration and learning as Wisconsin seeks to build its biohealth ecosystem.

  • Andy Richards, Director of Discovery to Product, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Bill Murphy, Ph.D., Harvey D. Spangler Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation, and Co-Director of the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Thomas C. Tubon, Ph.D., Faculty, Madison Area Technical College and Principal Investigator: Stem Cell Education Initiative / Network Lead: Adv Manufacturing – Cell & Tissue-based Products
  • Lisa Johnson, CEO, BioForward Wisconsin

1:45 pm – 4:30 pm

Presidents’ Convocation (Presidents and Chancellors Only)


3:00 – 3:15 pm

Afternoon Break


3:15 – 4:30 pm

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations – Talent

Grand East

Sentry Insurance Cooperative Initiative
Submitted by The University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point 

This overview outlines the components of the Cooperative opportunity, process for attracting talent, early results, and future plans from a significant collaboration involving University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) and Sentry Insurance. The description of the partnership also places the Cooperative in the context of a variety of coordinated and intentional initiatives all designed to ensure Central Wisconsin employers can attract, train and retain the talent they need given pressing demands for more employees with strong information technology (IT) backgrounds.

This study is significant due to the more rural setting for the Cooperative, and its embeddedness in broader efforts by the University, local businesses and other institutions of higher education in the region.

Performance results realized include a significant investment in renovating space for the Cooperative in downtown Stevens Point, the attraction of new businesses to downtown Stevens Point, and the growth of the number of students participating in the Cooperative from 9 students to 18 students in positions that didn’t previously exist, and generating approximately $220,000 in livable wages to the local economy annually. For many student-participants, the cooperative leads to direct full-time employment upon graduation. Initially intended for programmers, the cooperative has been extended to students specializing in information assurance and security.

  • Tim Krause, Associate Professor, Chair, Dept. of Computing and New Media Technologies, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
  • Jeremy Kleifgen, Director – IT – Claims Systems, Sentry Insurance

Internship Draft Day
Submitted by Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance (New Era)

Internship Draft Day is an innovative college talent program focused on the recruiting and hiring of student interns. This unique event, now in its fourth year, connects college students to hundreds of internship opportunities with businesses in northeast Wisconsin. The program is based on a strategic partnership between the Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance (New Era – and the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance (New MA – The strategic partners – New Era, is an alliance of publicly supported higher education institutions whose mission is to drive educational attainment for the betterment of the 1.2 million people who live and work in the region. New MA is an alliance of over 190 manufacturers working with educators, workforce development, and state organizations to promote manufacturing. The vision of the Alliance is that every northeast Wisconsin manufacturer will find the talent it needs. The legendary home of the Green Bay Packers, Lambeau Field brings the spirit of competition and leadership to Internship Draft Day as students compete through interviews and networking for internships. In a special closing ceremony, Mark Murphy, CEO of the Green Bay Packers, announces the top draft picks – students who have earned points for their interview effectiveness, hard work and professionalism. Scholarships are awarded to the number one and two overall draft picks and businesses are recognized for their commitment to student success. Each student takes home an official Game Day jersey.

Internship Draft Day ( is one of the most unique and distinctive internship recruiting events in the state of Wisconsin.See Internship Draft Day up close from one of our sponsors – Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)

  • Linda Bartelt, Executive Director, Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance
  • Ann Franz, Executive Director, Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance

The Valley Industry Partnership for Cooperative Education (VIP) Program
Submitted by California State University, Fresno

The Valley Industry Partnership for Cooperative Education (VIP) in the Lyles College of Engineering (LCOE) is completing its eighth year as an ancillary unit of California State University, Fresno and its eighteenth year as a Cooperative Education Program. The VIP Program offers a paid internship program to engineering, construction management and industrial technology students comprised of twenty-three industry partners from California’s Central Valley who are dedicated to the success of the student. Students complete two, six-month internships throughout their college careers. This allows students to gain the necessary experience to be “job-ready” when they enter the workforce upon graduation. The uniqueness of this program, is that it was created to recruit and retain engineering talent in the region. Being industry driven, engineering students are prepared to enter the workforce with the skills needed for this region. The program has added five new companies in the last year. Bringing more companies also helps to increase the number of students applying to become part of the VIP Program. The success of the program is that students are placed in two different companies, and most of the students graduate with a guaranteed job after participating in the VIP program. During the last year, the VIP Program has join forces with the San Joaquin Valley Manufacturing Alliance and Fresno Business Council, strengthening the long-lasting partnerships for the Lyles College of Engineering to develop new workforce strategies that will meet California’s Central Valley needs.

  • Brissa Quiroz, Director, VIP Program
  • Joe Devany, VIP Program Council Chair

BGSU Hometown Internship Program
Submitted by Bowling Green State University

As part of the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s “Ohio Means Internships and Co-ops” (OMIC) program, the Center for Regional Development (CRD) at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) used its capability in GIS mapping and data analytics to solve one of the key problems preventing increased internships: helping businesses and students locate one another.  While the OMIC program provided funding for students and employers for internships, both companies and students did not have an understanding of the scope of opportunities within their local markets. CRD worked with JobsOhio and 5 other Universities in Northwest Ohio to first develop Business Partner Maps of companies within the JobsOhio targeted industries and specified mile radius of each campus to visually depict potential employers who could provide internships (and matching funds) for students through the OMIC program.  Following this initial effort, CRD worked with the Career Center at BGSU to develop Hometown Internship Maps for BGSU’s 40 partner businesses across the state of Ohio that spatially demonstrated BGSU students with a 3.0 GPA in specific majors living within 30 miles of that company. The maps helped companies understand the skills and volume of BGSU students available for internships in their community and helped initiate conversations between the BGSU Career Center and these companies regarding larger partnerships. The maps were well-received by BGSU’s Business Partners and the Ohio Department of Education and led to the placement of 107 interns in these companies in 2017.  

  • Russell Mills, Director and Associate Professor, Center for Regional Development, Bowling Green State University
  • Will Burns,  Assistant Director of the Center for Regional Development, Bowling Green State University
Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations – Place + Innovation

Kings Row

Sustainable Economic Development Initiative
Submitted by The University of West Florida

As a result of the damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the University of West Florida was contracted by the state of Florida to develop the Sustainable Economic Development Initiative (SEDI) program. The funds were designated for developing and implementing an innovative economic development program for the charitable purpose of promoting research and development, commercialization of research, economic diversification, and job creation within the eight disproportionally affected counties of Northwest Florida

Strategically tying financial and tax incentives to job creation and capital investment enables governments to tailor incentive programs to tangible goals. Therefore, utilizing the $30 million appropriation from the state legislature, the UWF Office of Economic Development and Engagement used the SEDI program funds to create an industry incentive program designed to recruit, retain or expand industry job creation. Intended for use when funding from private, State, and/or other sources either was insufficient or unavailable to finalize a project, IRREF funds were to be used to push projects over the finish line. Utilizing innovative techniques, to date the project has contracted for the creation or retention of 10,666 jobs and nearly $673 million in capital investment.

  • Amy Newburn, Assistant Director at UWF Haas Center

MERGE Innovation Space
Submitted by Iowa City Area Development Group and The University of Iowa

The MERGE Innovation Space is designed to create and cultivate a knowledge ecosystem for entrepreneurs and startups, offering vital resources and connections to successfully create, launch, and grow new companies in the Iowa City Cedar Rapids area.This region was devastated by the Floods of 2008 and has been working ever since to diversify the local economy to better align with new realities of the global economy. In an effort to catalyze more new business formation, the MERGE space provides incubation space (15 private offices) for entrepreneurial startups, primarily tech-based, co-working bench space (40 seats) for creatives and remote workers, and a full prototype lab with 3D printing and related equipment such that ideas can quickly move through prototype stage to become viable products. MERGE provides the unique opportunity for people across a number of professions to meet and work in a space where innovation and creativity thrive. Being immersed in such an innovative hub sparks a contagious fire around the office increasing productivity, creativity, and a team-oriented spirit.

The space was formed through a partnership between The City of Iowa City, the local economic development group, Iowa City Area Development (ICAD), and the The University of Iowa Office of Economic Development.  Additional partners include the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, Proto-Studios, Small Business Development Center, Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Kirkwood Community College.

The space opened to the public May 2017 and in the past year we have seen about 85% occupancy in our private offices, and have about 40 active co-working members.

  • Tom Banta, Director, Strategic Growth, ICAD
  • Jon Darsee, University of Iowa
  • David Hensley, University of Iowa

Economic Diversity and Inclusivity
Submitted by The University of Central Florida

Founded in 1999, University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program (UCFBIP) is a network of eight incubators which support and unite innovators and entrepreneurs from the region’s universities and communities. The incubators are strategically located to provide early-stage companies throughout Central Florida with the tools, training, and infrastructure to evolve from startups towards business maturity. The UCFBIP’s core services address the common needs of small businesses, and engage the entire spectrum of support resources throughout Central Florida for transformative economic impact throughout the region.

UCFBIP exemplifies ecosystem interconnectivity. Supported by UCF, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, and local governments across the region, UCFBIP has created and implemented a vast network of academic, government, and industry partners that integrate seemlessly into the program to increase the opportunity for company growth and economic impact. Its speciality programs encourage diversity to support the unique needs of minority and veteran entrepreneurs, and the two industry-specific incubators – photonics and life sciences – support the growth and development of two of the regions most critical, and fastest growing, industry clusters.

From July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016 alone, the UCFBIP sustained 4,710 jobs, and had a total impact on regional GDP of over $725 million. Every $1 of public investment directly resulted in an estimated $7 in regional GDP, and resulted in an estimated $7.41 is returned in taxes.  

  • Dr. Thomas O’Neal, Associate Vice President of Innovation and Commercialization

Block 22
Submitted by Pittsburg State University

Block22 is a unique, mix-use living, learning community in Downtown Pittsburg that features residential, commercial, dining, and entertainment spaces. It will combine nearly 100 units of Pittsburg State student housing with more than 16,000 square feet of innovation space for students to explore their own entrepreneurial ventures, while also contributing to the success of local entrepreneurs.

Located at 4th and Broadway, Block22 is made up of four historic buildings that are being both renovated and restored. The historic properties included in Block22 are the Commerce, Baxter, National Bank, and Opera House Hotel buildings.

The name “Block22” ties into the city’s rich heritage of entrepreneurs and business pioneers. The city’s forefathers originally platted Pittsburg into 51 blocks. The oldest building included in the Block22 project, the Opera House Hotel, was located in Block 22 of the original map. Hence, the moniker Block22.

Block22 is funded through a public-private partnership between Pittsburg State University, the City of Pittsburg and the Vecino Group, a development/housing specialist based in Springfield, Mo.

The City of Pittsburg has committed $1.5 million in funding from its Revolving Loan Fund, Pittsburg State University has committed $1 million in fundraising, and the Vecino Group has secured $10.05 million in tax credits. The remaining balance of $5.4 million will be in the form of a loan assumed by the Vecino Group and will be paid through a long-term lease agreement with Pittsburg State University.

  • Jay Byers, City of Pittsburg, Kansas
  • Shawn Naccarato, Pittsburg State University

4:45 – 5:30 pm

Shuttle Service to the Harley-Davidson Museum®

Meet in Lobby

5:00 – 7:00 pm

UEDA Networking Reception at the Harley-Davidson Museum®

Join us for a unique networking reception surrounded by all things Harley-Davidson. The Museum explores the rich history of Harley-Davidson with exhibits featuring models from the past through today, as well as some that never made it to the open road. Enjoy networking with your colleagues amidst the technology of one of America’s original disruptive companies.

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Shuttle Service to the Pfister Hotel

6:30 pm

Local Dine-Arounds

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

7:00 – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast


7:15 am – 8:15 am

POGS Update

Grand Ballroom

8:15 am – 9:15 am

Keynote Address: Topics of Prominence: A New Way to Map the Global Research Landscape

Detailed changes in the global research landscape can now be tracked with heightened confidence. Recent methodological advances, in mapping the global research landscape, allow universities to evaluate their scientific contributions with enhanced precision. These advances allow us to identify emerging topics as they are emerging and provide comprehensive insights into research funding opportunities. They can accurately evaluate a university’s impact on research and the vitality of cities or metro regions. This session highlights the current state of the art in mapping the global research landscape. Specifically, a model of nearly 70M indexed papers in the Scopus database allows tracking of advances in 90,000 topics. Topics of prominence received 6 times more research funding while having greater socio-economic impact. Topics of prominence can help identify the right academic-industrial partners to develop new technologies, products, and services. The purpose of this session is to share our understanding of how these modeling advances are applicable to university and industry partnership and growth.

Sponsored by Elsevier

Grand Ballroom

9:15 – 10:30 am

How to choose metrics, grow partnerships, and assess community response in a disruptive environment: An intro to “Developmental Evaluation”

Kings Row

Do you collect and report “metrics” for your stakeholders? Are you curious about how your partnerships are working to further your goals? In a disruptive environment with projects, goals, and partnerships frequently in flux, it can be difficult to choose metrics that both evolve with this change, and also reflect community values. “Developmental Evaluation” (DE) is a tool for programs and organizations that operate in complex and changing environments. Join us for a quick primer in DE and a fast-paced workshop where you’ll begin an evaluation plan that connects metrics with values for a program of your choice!

  • Elli Travis, Economic Development Specialist, Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development
Pathways to Disruptive Economic Development using Systematic Innovation Tools

Imperial Ballroom

Disruptive economies require system driven innovation. How economic development and university leaders approach the need for change in their regions is critical to wealth building for all. Tomorrow’s successful regional ecosystems will have characteristics of equity, inclusiveness, diversity, civility, and justice. Teaching leaders to think in new ways has an impact on a region’s ability to produce results for all. Idealized redesign allows the region to develop unique fresh thinking especially in areas where the groups are mired in old pathways. In this interactive workshop participants will use simulation to experience the tools that they can then take back to their region.

  • Mitch Hamm, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of North Alabama
Manufacturing 4.0

Grand East

The concept of disruptive economic development, which includes “life within the internet of things,” is leading to transformations in every commercial sector, including manufacturing.  This disruption in the manufacturing space is referred to as Industry/Manufacturing 4.0. This fourth industrial revolution, with its global supply chains and interactive markets, will require small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) to adapt quickly to an ever-changing manufacturing landscape driven by data flowing at a rapid pace between and among producers, consumers, products, and machinery.

The MEP National Network and its partners are working to make SMM’s aware of the opportunities and challenges associated with Industry/Manufacturing 4.0 by delivering new capabilities to SMMs as they emerge in the marketplace, through education and by engaging SMMs in discussions around the topic. In addition, NIST is working to identify improvements to Federal technology transfer efforts from National Laboratories.

During this UEDA session, you will learn about Industry/Manufacturing 4.0 and how NIST and MEP work in partnership with MEP centers across the country to help U.S. SMMs prepare for the changes that Industry/Manufacturing 4.0 is bringing.

10:30 am – 10:45 am

Morning Break


10:45 am – 12:00 pm

gBETA Northeast Wisconsin: Disruptive Economic Development in Action

Grand East

In 2017, the UW Oshkosh Business Success Center partnered with Microsoft Corporation, Fox Valley Technical College, nationally-ranked startup accelerator gener8tor, and several other local partners to operate gBETA Northeast Wisconsin – a free accelerator for early stage companies with local roots. Positioned as the “first step off campus,” gBETA offers the best of both worlds – access to the experience and network of a nationally-ranked startup accelerator, and the experience and network of class-leading universities. Learn how the partnership came to be, best practices for establishing similar programs, and the value of diverse public-private coalitions from several leaders involved in this effort.

  • Maggie Brickerman, Managing Director, gBETA at gener8tor
  • Elizabeth Hartman, Executive Director, Office of Economic Development & Community Relations, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
The Visual Language of Ecosystems: Making the Invisible Visible for Universities and Their Partners

Imperial Ballroom

It is one thing to use the term “ecosystems” as a metaphor. It is quite another to create a new visual language to help universities and their partners see them. That is what the Purdue Agile Strategy Lab has been working on over the last few years. In partnership with Fraunhofer IOA based in Stuttgart, Germany they’ve develop a set of visual frameworks that can be used and adapted in efforts related to innovation, entrepreneurship, technology transfer and a wide variety of economic development-related strategies. This session will provide insights into how to communicate the central role that universities play.

Entrepreneurs: Who they are, what they need and how universities can build programs to serve them

Kings Row

Traditional methods of serving the needs of entrepreneurs are becoming less effective and impactful with the “one size fits all” approach rarely delivering optimal results. Learn how one method of segmenting entrepreneurs provides insight to the key types of entrepreneurs and their unique needs. Then see how this understanding has translated into tools and programs that have significant (and often measureable) impact for each of these groups. The session will include a facilitated discussion about the process used to develop programs and how they are being employed in university systems. Come prepared to share other segmentation constructs and your accompanying support programming.

  • Michelle Somes-Booher, Director, WI Small Business Development Center at UW-Madison
  • Paul Kinghorn, Director, Center for Business Growth and Innovation at The University of Northern Iowa

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm


Grand Ballroom

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm

Lightning Rounds

Grand Ballroom

  • Georgia’s First Animal Health Hackathon Provides a Springboard for Innovation
  • Empowering Student Start-ups Through the Economic Development Ecosystems
    • Matt Bilsky, PhD, PE, Post-Doc, Adjunct Professor, Innovator, and Entrepreneur, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University, Founder, Impossible Incorporated LLC
  • Leveraging the Maker Economy through Regional Multi-Universities Partnerships
  • Groundhog Day
    • Elizabeth Thelen, M.S., Vice President of Innovation & Tech Transfer, Midwest Innovation Exchange with OAI and NASA
  • Inspire Idaho
    • Charles Buck, Associate Vice President, Center Executive Officer, University of Idaho
  • Partnering with Regional Organizations
  • Africa, Appalachia and the Ivory Tower: Cross-Continental University Disruption
    • Faith Knutsen, Director, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Ohio University
  • University of Georgia’s New Materials Institute – A Holistic Approach to Sustainable Growth
  • Anchor Institution Partnerships:Driving Transformation in Health Care
    • Jasmine Cardona, Executive Director, Economic Development, Continuing Studies & Government Relations, CUNY, College of Staten Island
    • Ken Iwama, Vice President, Economic Development, Continuing Studies, and Government Relations, College of Staten Island, The City University of New York

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Annual Meeting

Grand Ballroom

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Afternoon Break


2:45 – 4:00 pm

Awards of Excellence Presentations – Innovation

Grand East

Ideadvance Lean Start Up–Generating Warp Speed Effectiveness for Entrepreneurship Initiatives:
The Power of Public-Private Partnerships
Submitted by The University of Wisconsin System

Jointly funded by UW System and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the Ideadvance seed fund supports promising ideas no matter the discipline of origin. The program’s Lean Startup approach helps accelerate business model concepts generated on campuses to better match market needs. Participants present business and product concepts in a confidential, supportive environment where their ideas are refined with the help of experienced business consultants and entrepreneurs. The focus is on strengthening (and shortening) the pathways from initial idea to commercialization.

Ideadvance encourages teams to try new ideas as part of a fail-fast, pivot, and move-on strategy. As a result of focusing less energy on executing and more time embracing learning from failure, program participants consistently point to the benefit of personal growth as a valuable, intangible reward nearly as often as they mention the tangible success of their startups.

This case study provides a review of the Ideadvance structure, process, early results, and lessons learned. It is significant due to the size of the initiative’s coverage: 26 public university campuses across an entire state, the collaboration of three major partners (Triple Helix: university, industry, government), and the range of activities involved. Today, Ideadvance has expanded to support alumni entrepreneurs in addition to UW System faculty, staff, and students.

Performance/results summary: Since inception, 53 Ideadvance participants have received $2.6 million (U.S.) in grant funding to support their start-up initiatives and have attracted $4.1 million in additional capital through private investments and crowd-funding.

  • Aaron Hagar, Vice President, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  • Dr. Idella Yamben, Business Development Consultant, UW Center for Technology Commercialization
  • David Brukardt, Associate Vice President, Economic Development, UW System

Marquette University Explorer Challenge
Submitted by Marquette University

Marquette’s Explorer Challenge is an annual competition that is integral toward promoting a campus-wide culture of innovation, fueled by entrepreneurial thinking, cross-campus participation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and external partnerships. Open to all members of the University community—faculty, staff, and students—the Challenge provides seed funding for projects, the infrastructure for internal and external networking, and resources to support entrepreneurship. The Challenge especially encourages interdisciplinary, collaborative projects and community-based partnerships in pursuit of finding solutions to pressing challenges.

The Explorer Challenge is the brainchild of Marquette’s president, Dr. Michael Lovell, who observed upon his arrival at Marquette that the University community had great untapped potential: although they had many creative and innovative ideas, they were unsure how to bring these ideas to life and how, then, to make a more lasting impact on society. Working from Marquette’s vision statement, part of which encourages the University to “reach beyond traditional academic boundaries and embrace new and collaborative methods of teaching, learning, research and service,” President Lovell, together with University leadership, convened an Innovation Council comprised of faculty, staff, and students to initiate and oversee the Explorer Challenge.

In its three years of existence, the Explorer Challenge has already returned slightly more income (via grants and other entrepreneurial revenues) than funding dollars expended. In the spirit of inclusiveness, collaboration, and community partnership, a third of the projects were led by non-faculty, nearly 28 percent have students named on project teams, and 65 percent of the funded projects involved two or more University units.

  • Jeanne M. Hossenlopp, Ph.D., Vice President for Research and Innovation & Professor of Chemistry, Marquette University

Cultivar Development Research Program
Submitted by The University of Georgia

Ensuring sustainable sources of funding for high-priority research areas with potential for significant economic impact requires innovative forethought, particularly in the research sectors where external funding is limited and highly competitive. The Cultivar Development Research Program (CDRP) at the University of Georgia (UGA) addresses a ubiquitous problem experienced by all plant breeders working in the public sector, a lack of funding to support traditional plant breeding research activities. The CDRP is an internal grant program funded entirely by the licensing royalty revenue derived from UGA-developed plant cultivars. Since 1997, the CDRP has provided almost $20 million in grant funding resulting in the generation of over 300 novel plant cultivars.

Developing new plant cultivars for food, feed, fiber, and recreation produces significant societal and economic benefits that help fulfill UGA’s mission as a land-grant university. Cultivars generated through CDRP funding have had a tremendous impact on Georgia’s $73 billion agriculture industry, helping Georgia become the number one state for peanut, blueberry and pecan production. Furthermore, the CDRP simultaneously serves as an effective tool in attracting and retaining top-tier plant breeding scientists to UGA who continue to produce cultivars that provide a constant royalty revenue stream to sustain the CDRP fund. While the CDRP at UGA focuses on plant cultivars, other universities could adopt a similar approach to fund high-priority research areas by providing initial seed funding and then dedicating a percentage of royalty revenues to fund grants supporting that research area.

  • Shelley Fincher, Licensing Manager, University of Georgia Innovation Gateway
Awards of Excellence Presentations – Talent + Place

Kings Row

Manufacturing Sector Growth, Photonics Cluster Growth, and Entrepreneur Success Initiatives
Submitted by Montana State University Montana Manufacturing Extension Center

Montana State University’s (MSU) Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) led Montana’s manufacturing ecosystem, photonics cluster, and entrepreneurs, to adopt agile strategy discipline, improve the state’s collaborative advantage, and accelerate and increase prosperity gains for communities. It started when MMEC partnered with the City of Bozeman to update the City’s Economic Development plan. The plan was unanimously approved by the City’s commissioners, which initiated training for 15 people by the Purdue Agile Strategy Lab in “Strategic Doing”. Strategic Doing workshops were then led by trained MSU professionals for the photonics cluster (Bozeman), regional manufacturing sectors (Bozeman, Missoula and Billings), and entrepreneurs (Bozeman). MMEC also led a state-wide manufacturing sector growth workshop in Helena. Over 300 people participated in 40+ pathfinder projects to (i) strengthen and grow manufacturing workforce/talent pipelines, (ii) improve safety, delivery, quality and cost performance, raise manufacturing wages, and increase Industry 4.0 awareness; (iii) develop video to advocate globally for the Montana photonics cluster and improve photonics quality, and (iv) improve 3-5 year entrepreneur outcomes.

  • Alistair Stewart, Senior Business Advisor, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center

Creating Neighborhood Developers Program
Submitted by Southern University and A & M College

The University Center for Economic and Entrepreneurial Development at Southern University developed on December 5, 2015 and launched on February 11, 2017 and March 10, 2018 “Creating Neighborhood Developers’ program,” in which the Center team members and collaborators trained individuals to acquire adjudicated properties within their neighborhoods and develop a sustainable interconnected network or ecosystem to transform local economies and cultural barriers.

The unique feature of this ten week program is that its emphasis placed on the entrepreneurship aspect of neighborhood developments. The underlining premise of the program curriculum is that revitalizing and developing a neighborhood is a risk-taking business. The program perceives its participants to be emerging entrepreneurial neighborhood developers who will improve or develop their neighborhoods or districts where they live.  

The program curriculum consists of entrepreneurship, small business fundamentals, understanding the impact of business cycles, financial market conditions, QuickBooks, provisional capacity assessment, personal finance, funding, project managements, and risk managements. Property development and construction are the other major modules of the program, along with acquisitions, licensing, permits, and Xactimate training.

Over the past two years, the program has generated 1,610 attendances. 40 jobs were created, generating $6,023,000 in income. Fifty three properties were developed, 36 houses were bought, and seven indirect projects were completed and valued at $28,513,200. The program also produced 52 certified sustainable neighborhood developers for the first time in the State of Louisiana.

  • Dr. Sung No, Co-Director, EDA University Center for Economic and Entrepreneurial Development at Southern University and A&M College
  • Dr. Donald Andrews, Dean, College of Business, Southern University and A&M College
  • Eric Porter, President, Senior Partner, ComNet, LLC

Georgia Certified Economic Developer Program
Submitted by The University of Georgia

In an effort to be responsive to Georgia’s economic development needs, the University of Georgia (UGA) developed the Georgia Certified Economic Developer Program (GCED). This was developed specifically to help economic developers improve their effectiveness and performance. The GCED program is offered through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, a public service and outreach unit of the UGA, and tailored to the requirements of those working for an organization in an economic development capacity.  

Research conducted by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s faculty experienced in the field of economic development, along with input from subject matter experts, provides the essential high quality training curriculum needed by economic development professionals to effectively compete in today’s global economy. The certification is awarded to economic development professionals upon successful completion of all course requirements and a capstone project.

Uniquely designed, the GCED program offers economic developers the opportunity to achieve their certification more cost-effectively, as courses are taught in central locations around Georgia, and timely, within a two to three year period. The courses offer practical, skills-based training with immediate application. The program design is grounded in a competency cluster framework that reflects internationally recognized skills and abilities.

Since the launch in 2016, participants from over half of Georgia’s 159 counties have enrolled in GCED classes. In September 2017, the University of Georgia awarded the first GCED designation followed by four additional recipients in May 2018. The certifications are awarded at the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) Annual Meeting and Spring Workshop.  

  • Jennifer R. Nelson, Public Service Assistant, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia

Advanced Economic Development Leadership Program
Submitted by The University of Alabama

Four universities collaborated on the creation of an Advanced Economic Development Leadership training program to solve a need for an in-depth, experiential program designed for mid and senior economic development professionals.  The program examines the key contemporary issues in job creation and the challenges faced by communities across the country. With the experiential teaching/learning approach, the class members debate, discuss, compete and delve into curriculum subjects that are not available in any other training program. The first Advanced Economic Development Leadership class sold out and class evaluations clearly indicate that the program is filling a void in contemporary executive education.

  • Neal Wade, Director, Economic Development Academy
  • Nan Johnston, Director, Center for Corporate Learning, Clemson University

MOSS – McCall Outdoor Science School
Submitted by The University of Idaho

University of Idaho – MOSS – The McCall Outdoor Science School serves as a cornerstone of the University of Idaho land-grant mission. Since 2001 MOSS has been a hallmark of hands-on, field-based research, teaching and outreach programs that connect the U of I to its constituencies statewide. This unique school is an innovative example of Adventure-based learning and serves over 3,000 K-12 students from across Idaho by providing immersive, place-based STEM educational programing.

This school is operated by the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources.  The mission of the McCall Outdoor Science School is to facilitate place-based, collaborative science inquiry within the context of Idaho’s land, water and communities. We provide experiential learning opportunities among students, educators, scientists and citizens to foster the critical thinking skills necessary to address complex issues.

MOSS has four program areas: 1) Youth Programs; 2) Graduate Programs; 3) Teacher Education; 4) Community Programs. The University and its partners use MOSS to foster scientific literacy, leadership skills and open-minded dialogue through graduate and professional education, youth science programs, seminars and more.  The program has been successful in short-term outcomes and long-term impacts including: increases in scientific literacy, participation in STEM careers and positive attitudes toward science in Idaho.

In Idaho, we have a beautiful outdoor science school which is helping to create the critical thinking workforce of the future.

  • Lee Vierling, Executive Director, MOSS, Department Head and Professor
  • Jana Jones, Executive Director Economic Development, Office of Research & Economic Development, University of Idaho

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Wine Reception


Join us for wine service before our final Awards Banquet event.

6:30 pm

UEDA Awards of Excellence Banquet

Grand Ballroom

The 2018 Annual Summit adjourns at the conclusion of the 2018 Awards of Excellence presentation.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tour of Global Water Council & UWM School of Freshwater Science (space limited)

Our tour will kick start at the Global Water Center (GWC). Opened in 2013, the GWC is a 98,000 sq. ft. facility located in downtown Milwaukee housing water-centric research, office and collaboration facilities for universities, existing water-related companies and new, emerging water technology companies. With over 45 tenant organizations, the GWC continues to be a magnet for U.S. and foreign dignitaries, global water technology businesses, economic development organizations and students from all levels.Then, we’ll head to UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences in Milwaukee’s Harbor District, the ideal location for UWM faculty, scientists and students to study water and all its complexities. Take a look at our new, state-of-the-art facility featuring biosecure and quarantine labs for studying aquatic species, a pathogen testing facility, the Research Vessel Neeskay, and the Great Lakes Genomics Center — the first DNA sequencing lab in the U.S. dedicated to water and ecological issues. The facility also houses on-site collaborators including the WI Dept. of Natural Resources Southern Lake Michigan Fisheries Group, Harbor District, Inc., the SE WI Watershed Trust, a research team from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, staff from WI SeaGrant and the U.S. Geological Survey, and is the home port for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Research Vessel Lake Guardian.Casual dress recommended. Weather permitting, the tour will include a ride on the Neeskay (tour limited to the first 25 people to sign up).

Additional Fee Required. Select the option during your Summit registration.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

UEDA Board of Directors Meeting

Kings’ Row

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