Annual Summit Agenda

2014 UEDA Annual Summit Agenda

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

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1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Conference Registration and Exhibitor Setup

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

UEDA Board Meeting

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

EAUC Meeting

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Awards of Excellence Committee Meeting

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception – Show Your Team Colors

Monday, September 29, 2014

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7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:30 – 8:15 a.m.

Award of Excellence Information Session

Bring your breakfast for an informational session on best practices to becoming an Awards of Excellence finalist.

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome Message

  • Javier Gonzales, Mayor, City of Santa Fe

Keynote Presentation

Many regional and state economic development policies focus on attraction of industry to improve their quality of life and economies. These policies have had little or no impact on job generation and have a very small rate of return on investment compared to nurturing the creation and expansion of businesses within the region.  States, regions and cities should realize the importance and impact of the local higher educational institutions to economic development successes. Institutions of Higher Education should work closely with public and private sectors to create opportunities for the students and faculty to innovate and drive the local economy.  Innovation and entrepreneurship will be the key to a prosperous regional economy.

  • Bill Fulton, Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Rice University

9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

The University President’s Panel

Nationally recognized university presidents and chancellors will discuss the evolving role and experiences for higher education in local, regional and national economic development and community transformation.

  • Robert Behunin, Vice President, Advanced & Commercialization, Utah State University
  • Joseph Castro, President, California State University, Fresno
  • Randy Grissom, Interim President, Santa Fe Community College
  • Mary Walshok, Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Program & Dean of Extension, UC San Diego

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(3 Concurrent Sessions)

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations – Community Connected Campus

Agile Strategy for University Collaboration and Engagement Roundtable

Universities have an extraordinary potential to accelerate economic growth. To do so, we must improve the productivity of our collaborations. In a roundtable conversation, this panel will explore how a new approach to strategy, Strategic Doing, improves the speed of collaboration within universities and through engagement. We will discuss case studies from the University of Alaska, Northern Illinois University, Michigan State University, University of Missouri, Purdue University, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and the University of North Alabama. In addition, we will introduce situations of multiple universities using Strategic Doing through APLU and Epicenter, an initiative of Stanford University.

  • Ed Morrison, Regional Economic Development Advisor, Purdue Center for Regional Development, Purdue University (moderator)
  • Christi Bell, Associate Vice Provost & Executive Director Business Enterprise Institute, University of Alaska
  • Dr. Rena Cotsones, Associate Vice President for Engagement and Innovation Partnerships, Northern Illinois University
  • Janyce Fadden, Executive in Residence, College of Business, North Alabama University
  • Dr. Scott Hutcheson, Senior Associate, Purdue Center for Regional Development, Purdue University
  • Dr. Carmel Ruffolo, Director, Corporate Engagement & Regional Development, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee/University of Wisconsin – Parkside
  • Dr. Jim Woodell, Assistant VP Innovation & Technology Policy, Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities

Creative Cultural Entrepreneurship – Connecting Congress & Our Legislatures

Come meet creative businesses that are living their passion through tradition and culture and hear their story.  Learn how coming together with Congressional Delegates, Legislatures and the Northern New Mexico College President has resulted in positive outcomes.  Learn about our student mentorship program and how being taken out of the classroom has cultivated a desire to go to college and the entrepreneurship opportunities that have developed.

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.


Keynote Presentation

1:45 – 3:00 p.m.
(3 Concurrent Sessions)

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations – Leadership and Collaboration

Expertise and Resource Portals for University-Industry Engagement

University systems, state governments, and economic development organizations are developing new expertise and resource portals to foster university-industry engagement. These portals expose subject matter experts conducting research and university resources like core facilities willing to engage with industry, making experts and resources discoverable by search and easier to connect with.

Federal Research Institutions’ Impact on Economic Development in New Mexico

Over $5 billion of federal R&D funds are spent each year at the national laboratories located in New Mexico. These Federal research institutions are a key driver of the economy in New Mexico. This panel will feature representatives from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and the Air Force Research Laboratory in NM to discuss how each supports initiatives to influence national, state, and local economic competitiveness. The panel will touch on how national laboratories are reducing the barriers to working with industry, better connecting lab technologies to the marketplace, and helping build a vital economy in New Mexico.

  • David Pesiri, Director, Feynman Center for Innovation
  • Casey DeRaad, Technology Engagement Office Lead, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Jackie Kerby Moore, Manager, Technology and Economic Development, Sandia National Laboratories

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.


3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
(3 Concurrent Sessions)

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations – Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Crowdfunding to Commercialize Inventions and Innovations through Startups

There has been much news coverage of Internet-based crowdfunding recently, including stories about entrepreneurs who have funded diverse projects through donation crowdfunding on popular sites, such as Kickstarter, as well as stories about the developing federal securities laws for investment crowdfunding. With large dedicated pools of alumni, universities and colleges may be particularly well positioned to take advantage of crowdfunding as a means of funding the development of inventions and innovations by their scientists.  The securities laws with respect to investment crowdfunding are still evolving and will impact how broadly this trend will be adopted.

  • Thomas Sharbaugh, Partner in the Business & Finance Practice Group, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

The Future of the University/EDO Interface: Achieving Shared Goals

Universities and economic development organizations (EDO’s) are frequently working toward common goals—to foster and support regional innovation and economic prosperity. Challenges persist, however, at the university/EDO interface, and it is sometimes difficult to get beyond the challenges to achieve the common goals. The panel will present both the promise and potential pitfalls of EDO and university partnerships, and also paint a vision for the future of these collaborations so vital to economic development.

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception


Local Dine-Arounds

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Body of Knowledge Meeting

All UEDA Summit participants are strongly encouraged to a special meeting of the UEDA Body of Knowledge Committee. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the draft material on:

University Economic Development / Engagement
  • Definition
  • Principles of Practice
  • Taxonomy of Programs
This work has been developed by UEDA’s Body of Knowledge Committee, in partnership with the Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP) of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU). The drafts will be circulated to the memberships of both associations for comments from October through November 2014. The final version is planned for approval and publication by the end of the year. The input of Summit participants is encouraged and appreciated. Please review the guiding principles document in advance of the Summit.

8:30 – 9:10 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Keynote Presentation

The resurgence and renaissance of Indian Nations in this time of self determination is exemplified by the rethinking of approaches across the full spectrum that impact their lives, their lands, their people and their governments to be more consistent with essential cores values. This shift from reactive thinking to proactive is also redefining the role of higher education in developing programs that respond to social, political, cultural and economic strategies all part of rebuilding nations and building the leadership capacity for effective governance systems and institutions. Why is it in our collective interest for tribes and institutions of higher education to establish genuine partnerships in this movement?

  • Regis Pecos, Co-Director, Santa Fe Indian School Leadership Institute

9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
(3 concurrent sessions)

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations – Talent Development

Collaborative Economic Development through Shared Leadership

Often perceived as neutral and collaborative in their regions, universities can take a leadership role in economic development by convening and supporting collaborative networks of entrepreneurial support organizations.  NetWork Kansas, KCSourceLink and IASourceLink, all university initiatives, are supporting entrepreneurship and creating economic impact in their communities.  Supporting collaborative networks of hundreds of organizations requires a leader with strong interpersonal and management skills.  Here about the impact of these networks, the challenges they face and the type of person needed to lead them.

  • Cathi Ulrich, Director of Global Business Development, U.S.SourceLink, University of Missouri Kansas City (moderator)
  • LaDene Bowen, Associate Director – Institute for Decision Making, Director – EDA University Center, University of Northern Iowa
  • Jeremy Hegle, Senior Director of Program Operation, U.S.SourceLink, University of Missouri Kansas City
  • Steve Radley, President and CEO of the Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship DBA NetWork Kansas.

The University’s Innovation Ecosystem—A Rainforest in the Desert

The University of New Mexico’s economic development objectives are fostering a Rainforest in the Desert. The idea is based on the rainforest model for innovation systems (developed by serial entrepreneurs and investors Victor Hwang and Greg Horowitt), and is a human ecosystem in which human creativity, business acumen, scientific discovery, investment capital, and other elements come together in a special recipe that nurtures budding ideas so they can grow into flourishing and sustainable enterprises. Designing, building, and sustaining a rainforest culture takes a distinct set of social behaviors. STC.UNM is uniquely positioned to facilitate this process because, in the vernacular of the Rainforest, STC.UNM is a keystone species. Keystones create connections among people with ideas, talent, knowledge, and capital by breaking down traditional hierarchies and reaching across social boundaries.The panel will highlight STC’s activities in building an innovation ecosystem and will discuss fostering a culture of entrepreneurship through UNM’s new Innovation Academy program.

  • Elizabeth J. Kuuttila, CEO & Chief Economic Development Officer, STC.UNM (moderator)
  • Carol Parker, Senior Vice Provost, University of New Mexico
  • Stacy A. Sacco, Director, Small Business Institute, Executive Director: Parker Center Family Business, Lecturer I, Department of Finance, International, Technology & Entrepreneurial (FITE), Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(3 concurrent sessions)

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations – Research and Analysis

Leading Regional Transformation Change Through Innovation

The University of Southern Indiana (USI) is the lead convener in a regional initiative to drive transformational change in Southwest Indiana. This initiative is centered on the recent construction of a segment of Interstate 69 and aims to foster the establishment of an Innovation Corridor from Evansville to Crane in Southwest Indiana.  The vision is to develop a culture and environment that uses innovation to transform and sustain the dynamism of the regional economy. A consortium of over 200 stakeholders has been engaged in developing strategies to increase the region’s innovation index by 20% by 2025.

  • Michael Thissen (moderator)
  • Dr. Mark Bernhard, Associate Provost for Outreach & Engagement, University of Southern Indiana
  • Debbie Dewey, President, Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville
  • Jim Heck, Executive Director, Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce
  • Dr. Mohammed Khayum, Dean, Romain College of Business, University of Southern Indiana
  • Dr. Scott Gordon, Dean, Pott College of Science, Engineering & Education, University of Southern Indiana
  • Daniela Vidal, Director, Center for Applied Research & Economic Development, University of Southern Indiana

Opportunity and Models to Support Defense Industry Diversification and Technology Assistance

Participants will learn about several new approaches and programs that are linking existing firms with technology and intellectual property residing in colleges and universities. This panel will describe and explain these new programs, including the Technology Commercialization Assistance Program and the First Customer Program. Also to be presented is a new DOD –funded national demonstration program to diversify the defense supply chain -Department of Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program (DMAP). This program will be launched in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. The process begins by identifying and understanding capacity, capability, opportunities and the scientific and technical abilities of defense contractors. Each of these categories are assessed and then the company can be linked with university-based technologies and intellectual property for the purpose of commercialization into the private sector.

  • Lawrence Molnar, Assoc. Director, Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy, University of Michigan (moderator)
  • Michael P. Gilroy, Industry Adjustment Team Lead, Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense
  • Steve Wilson, Program Director,  Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy, University of Michigan

12:00 -1:20 p.m.


Keynote Presentation

Barry Broome will showcase the collaboration between the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and Arizona State University around business attraction with a special emphasis on Velocity.

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
(3 concurrent sessions)

Building the Entrepreneurial Sandbox through University Collaborations

As a New American University, Arizona State University (ASU) is guided by eight design aspirations that influence its growth and transformation. Among these guiding principles is a solid commitment to entrepreneurship in all forms. This panel will demonstrate how major statewide public-private partnerships led by ASU have helped grow Arizona’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. These initiatives include the Alexandria Co-working Network, the Arizona Furnace Technology Transfer Accelerator, and TechShop at the ASU Chandler Innovation Center. These partnerships demonstrate ASU’s commitment to becoming a socially embedded partner in Arizona’s diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem.

  • Dr. Mitzi Montoya, Vice President and University Dean of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Arizona State University (moderator)
  • Christine Mackay, Economic Development Director, City of Chandler                                                                                                                  

Expanded Public-Private Partnerships for Innovation: Approaches from Canada & the U.S.

Universities across the country have discovered the power of industry partnerships to catalyze their economic development efforts. Opportunities for productive partnerships do not end there, however. By bringing in other public partners – municipalities, counties, state and federal agencies – institutions of higher education can create new fuel to drive innovation and regional economic development.

  • Cameron Martin, VP of University Relations, Utah Valley University (moderator)
  • Sue Bennett, Director of University & Community Relations, University of Guelph
  • Luke Peterson, Director of the Office of New Urban Mechanics, Utah Valley University
  • Winthrop Jeanfreau, Director of the Business Resource Center, Utah Valley University

University Roles in Regional Public-Private Partnerships

There is a trend in industry sector cluster initiatives involving public-private partnerships with an emphasis on technologies, innovation, and economic development. These partnerships can include new levels of cooperation and collaboration between universities, industry, entrepreneurial networks, economic development agencies and others. Federal agencies and programs are seeking regional partnerships to leverage their funding resources and to stimulate public-private regional partnerships. One example has been the recent federally designated Manufacturing Community in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and Ventura Counties, the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Southern California (AMP SoCal). AMP SoCal unites a broad-based consortium of 86 dedicated organizations that have come together to transform the Aerospace and Defense (“A&D”) industry with a focus on advanced manufacturing technologies from additive manufacturing to model-based engineering and design. Simultaneous to the successful launch of the AMP SoCal has been a collaboration between five California State Universities in Los Angeles County to work together as members of this regional partnership and for other initiatives. How these partnerships were formed, their goals, and how they are being nurtured in their fledgling state will be discussed.

  • Dr. Marie Talnack, Director Technology Transfer Office & Industry Clinic, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (moderator)
  • Dion Jackson, USC Center for Economic Development, Adjunct Associate Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy
  • Julia Potter, WASC Administrative & Program External Relationships Lead, California State University, Northridge
  • Dr. Ashish Vaidya, Special Advisor to the President for Regional Economic Development, Cal State Los Angeles

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.


3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
(2 concurrent sessions)

Anchor Collaboration Models for Collective Impact

The panel will highlight colleges and universities engaged in formal collaboration initiatives aimed at place-based development that include a diverse set of partners. The discussion will be placed in the context of the anchor strategic framework developed by ICIC and Michael Porter. Representatives from successful collaboration initiatives in Minneapolis and Syracuse will share insights from their experience with this approach including the challenges associated with effectively managing and aligning multiple partners. The discussion will also highlight the unique role philanthropic organizations are playing in these initiatives.

  • Shawn Escoffery, Program Director, Strong Local Economies, Surdna Foundation (moderator)
  • Maarten Jacobs, Director, Near Westside Initiative
  • Eric Muschler, Program Officer, Region & Communities Program, McKnight Foundation
  • Kim Zeuli, Senior Vice President, Director of the Research and Advisory Practice, ICIC

Combing Stronger Economies Together (SET) and Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Programs to Develop a Regional Economic Development Strategy

The Great Recession greatly impacted the economy of the state of Nevada.  The state’s governor redesigned the state’s economic development office and insisted that regional development efforts be formulated.  Also the state’s only EDA District needed to update their CEDS. This panel will discuss and show how elements of the USDA-Rural Development’s Stronger Economies Together and EDA’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy programs were employed to develop a cohesive regional economic development strategy and provide necessary data and collaboration to complete a CEDS for the Western Nevada Development District.

  • Tom Harris, Professor and Director, University of Nevada, Reno (moderator)
  • Buddy Borden, Associate Professor & Economic Development Specialist, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Ronald Radil, Executive Director, University of Nevada, Reno

5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Wine Tasting

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

UEDA Annual Awards Dinner

Awards Presentation

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

UEDA Business Meeting/Board Meeting

11:00 a.m.


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