Annual Summit Agenda

2015 UEDA Annual Summit Agenda

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IEDCLogoThis event is recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a professional development event that counts toward the recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcD).

Sunday, September 27, 2015

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7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

26 Glacier Cruise – Reserve by 9/18 at Midnight Alaska Time!

(Advance Reservations Required – Click Here for More Information)

1:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Conference Registration and Exhibitor Setup

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception – Show Your Team Colors

Monday, September 28, 2015

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7:30 – 8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:30 – 8:00 a.m.

Award of Excellence Information Session

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

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Keynote Address:

Live. Work. Play. A Vision for Anchorage

  • Bill Popp, President and CEO, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Keynote Address: The New American University: Driving Real Economic Impact in our Communities

  • Sethuraman (Panch) Panchanathan, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development and Director, Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC), Foundation Chair in Computing and Informatics, Arizona State University

9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

1890s Land Grant University Presidents’ Panel

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

Empowering Women in Technology Startups

  • Jane M. Muir, Immediate Past President, Association of University Research Parks (AURP)

The Role of Universities in Improving the Economic Productivity Among Rural, Urban & Underrepresented Populations

  • Maura Donovan, Ph.D., Executive Director, Office of University Economic Development, University of Minnesota
  • Johnathan M. Holifield, Co-founder, ScaleUp Partners
  • David Dowell, Ph.D., Provost & Senior Vice President, California State University, Long Beach
  • Simon Kim, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Research & Sponsored Programs, California State University, Long Beach,
  • Ömer S. Benli, Ph.D., Associate Dean, College of Business Administration, and CSU 5 Guide, California State University, Long Beach

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.


Keynote Address: Innovation Accelerator

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

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations – Research and Analysis

The Role of a University Guide in a Regional University Consortium

  • Ömer S. Benli, Associate Dean, College of Business Administration, Long Beach State University
  • Marie Talnack, Director of Technology Transfer and Industry Clinic Office, Cal Poly Pomona
  • Julia Potter, Director of External Relations, The Tseng College: Graduate, International, Midcareer Education, California State University, Northridge
  • Ashish Vaidya, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, St. Cloud State University
  • Dion Jackson, USC Center for Economic Development, Adjunct Associate Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy

The Shifting University Role in Leveraging Smart Data

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.


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

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations – Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Capturing, Quantifying, and Communicating Success in University-Led Economic Development

Leveraging Student Ingenuity to Cultivate a Campus Culture of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement

  • Katie Dzugan, University Innovation Fellow alumnus, Southern Illinois University and Epicenter University Innovation Fellows program
  • Bre Przestrzelski, University Innovation Fellow, Clemson University
  • Brandon Nolte, University Innovation Fellow, Southern Illinois University
  • Shalin Jyotishi, University Innovation Fellow, University of Georgia
  • Rachel Ford, University Innovation Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Northern Lights Networking Reception


Local Dine-Arounds

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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7:30 – 8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:30 – 8:00 a.m.

Body of Knowledge Update

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Keynote Address:

Dr. James R. Johnsen, President, University of Alaska

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Keynote Address:

Jim Nordlund, Alaska Director for USDA Rural Development

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

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations – Talent Development

Let’s Talk About Our Future: Innovation Centers, Universities & Communities

  • Janice L. Kleinwort, Executive Director of Economic Affairs, Arizona State University
  • Janet Holston, Director of Special Initiatives, Office of the President, Arizona State University
  • Marc Valenzuela, Project Coordinator, ASU SkySong

What We Can Learn from University Cities

  • Scott Shapiro, Senior Advisor to Lexington, Kentucky Mayor Jim Gray

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.


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

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations – Leadership and Collaboration

The New Collaborative Landscape of Talent Development and Retention: Employing Effective Regional, Metropolitan, and Statewide Strategies

  • Rebecca Carl, Associate Vice President, Chief of Staff, Office of the Vice President for Engagement, Indiana University (moderator)
  • David Gard, Assistant Vice President for Economic Development, Indiana University
  • Rena Cotsones, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Engagement and Innovation Partnerships, Northern Illinois University
  • Janyce Fadden, Executive-in-Residence, College of Business, University of North Alabama
  • Todd Greene, Vice President, Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Creating an Environment for Collaboration to Enhance Economic Development

  • Tom Smith, Co-Principal Investigator and VESTA Campus Director, Michigan State University and Associate Director of the Institute of Agricultural Technology
  • Scott Kohl, Co-Principal Investigator and VESTA Campus Director, Highland Community College
  • Michelle Norgren, Principle Investigator and Director, Viticulture & Enology Science & Technology Alliance (VESTA)

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.


Annual Business Meeting

1:45 – 3:00 p.m.
(3 concurrent sessions)

Working with Industry Boot Camp for Faculty

  • Rebecca Robinson, Director of Economic Development, Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization
  • Richard Potter, Director, Corporate Engagement, Kansas State University

Bulldozing Silos: Creating Teams to Meet the Client’s Economic Development Needs

  • James Hoelscher, Program Manager, Insitute for Decision Making, University of Northern Iowa
  • Paul Kinghorn, Director, Center for Business Growth and Innovation, University of Northern Iowa

Meetups, Money, and Measures: Building a Better Environment for Entrepreneurs

  • Maria Meyers, Director UMKC Innovation Center, University of Missouri – Kansas City
  • Genna M. Hurd, Associate Researcher for the Institute for Policy & Social Research (IPSR), University of Kansas and Co-Investigator for the KU University Center
  • Ron Cox, Associate Dean for Corporate Engagement and CIRAS Director, Iowa State University

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.


3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
(2 concurrent sessions)

Network for Distributed & Sustainable Regional Development

  • Daniela Vidal, Director, Opportunity Development, University of Southern Indiana
  • Mark Bernhard, Associate Provost for Outreach and Engagement, University of Southern Indiana
  • Ronald Rochon, Provost, University of Southern Indiana
  • Dr. Jason Salstrom, Manager of Technology Commercialization, University of Southern Indiana
  • Michael Thissen, Innovation Corridor Manager, Interstate 69 (moderator)
  • Cliff Wojtalewicz, Managing Director, Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, Purdue University

The Alaskan Startup Pipeline of Ideas to Enterprise

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Wine Service

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Awards of Excellence Dinner

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

UEDA Board of Directors Meeting

Thursday, October 1, 2015

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8:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

ED+Ed: Partnering to Bridge the Gap (prior registration required)

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