Annual Summit Agenda

elsevier2016 UEDA Annual Summit Agenda

The schedule listed below is tentative and subject to change. For speakers requiring discussion of their presentation slot, please contact our Events Team. Thank you to our Presidential Sponsor: Elsevier.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

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11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Conference Registration and Exhibitor Setup

Roanoke Ballroom Foyer

6:00 – 7:30 pm

Welcome Reception / Show Your Colors Reception

Roanoke Ballroom Foyer

Show your school spirit to kick off the 2016 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 Roanoke’s popular eateries.


Local Dine-Arounds

Monday, October 17, 2016

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7:00 – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

Roanoke Ballroom Foyer

7:15 – 7:45 am

Award of Excellence Information Session

Roanoke Ballroom B

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

8:00 – 8:15 am

Summit Opening

Roanoke Ballroom C-H

Join us for kicking off the 2016 UEDA Annual Summit.

  • Dr. Rick Wolk, President, UEDA & Principal, Rosewood Coaching

Welcome Address - Virginia Tech

Roanoke Ballroom C-H

Join President Sands for an informative look into Virginia Tech past, present, and future.

  • Timothy D. Sands, President, Virginia Tech

8:15 – 9:00 am

A State of the State

Roanoke Ballroom C-H

Hear from top representatives in the Commonwealth of Virginia's legislature on the state of Virginia's economy, how it is engaging in the global economy, and its plans to drive future sustainable growth.

Monday Morning Education Sessions Sponsored and Supported by:


9:15 – 10:30 am

Break Out Sessions (3 concurrent)

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations: Innovation

Washington Lecture Hall

Kansas State University: TechAccel

Kansas City based TechAccel is a start-up company co-founded by Kansas State University which creates an investment-grade vehicle through mitigating the science risk of promising transformational Food and Agriculture (Ag) market-focused technologies in co-funding partnerships with both global and emerging companies. TechAccel stands alone in its attempt to monetize science risk mitigation (transformational science has a 70% failure rate when advanced) in the Food and Ag sector. The explosion of global food demand coupled with the effects of climate change have created intense challenges for companies around the world. Private sector R&D resources are limited at precisely the time when market-focused transformational science is most urgently needed. At the same time, Food and Agriculture research at universities around the world suffers increasingly restrictive public funding. The convergence of demand, climate, private/public resources and the high failure rate of transformational science advancement has created a unique global opportunity that TechAccel is attempting to realize. In the human health industry, private capital is shares the financial risk of early-stage pharmaceutical development to bring the risk profile of a technology to an acceptable level consistent with subsequent regulatory and product development requirements. The Food and Agriculture industry has many of the same issues, but without established scalable financial models in place share the risk. Leading Food and Ag companies regularly pass on potentially transformative innovations due to the higher science risk nature and limited resources. TechAccel is the Food and Agriculture’s first science risk mitigation investment partner for both universities and companies worldwide. This is a remarkable niche and TechAccel is already achieving remarkable results.

  • Ken Williams, Director of Licensing, Kansas State University, Institute for Commercialization

Ohio University: Innovation Strategy Investment Program

The purpose of OHIO's Innovation Strategy Investment Program (ISIP) is to leverage Ohio University’s expertise by investing significant resources in innovative, interdisciplinary projects that address big challenges facing society. The program operationalizes OHIO’s Innovation Strategy, a planning process initiated in 2013 to identify “portfolio” areas in which OHIO has existing strengths and where further investment could yield significant societal benefits. The four portfolios identified in the planning process include Digitally Connected World; Energy, Environment, and the Economy; Health and Wellness; and Vibrant Societies and Economies. The Innovation Strategy expands OHIO’s definition of innovation beyond technology and business development, and even beyond social and public policy, to also encompass Institutional operation, Teaching and Learning, and Quality of Place. ISIP funds competitive interdisciplinary projects that address these portfolios and involve at least two colleges. Funds are available for major multi-year grants as well as smaller seed and planning grants that help teams develop nascent project ideas. The inaugural ISIP cycle generated an unexpectedly high response and unprecedented interdisciplinary activity. In 2015-16 ISIP awarded $4.5 million to 16 projects including four major initiatives addressing issues ranging from improving medical diagnostics and developing novel teaching strategies to enhancing regional economic development and designing a new student program for immersive media technologies. Strategic planning exercises often result in aspirational language but do not create implementation mechanisms. In ISIP, OHIO has taken that extra step. This is not a one-time gesture but a long-term commitment; ISIP’s second grant cycle will begin in September 2016.

  • Dr. Pam Benoit, Executive Vice President and Provost
  • Dr. Joseph Shields, Vice President for Research & Creative Activity and Dean of the Graduate College
  • Dr. Bradley Cohen, Senior Vice Provost for Instructional Innovation

Kansas State University: Silo-Busting Strategic Collaboration Series

At Kansas State University (K-State), university-based economic development efforts start with faculty members. They make up the aggregate strengths of the university that serve as economic engines for growth. It is a recognition that these assets are the competitive advantage of a university community that drives the economic development strategy. In order to enhance the competitiveness of this environment and increase the pipeline of opportunities generated from interaction with university faculty, Knowledge Based Economic Development (KBED) a local university/community economic development partnership – at KSU, established a venue for large interdisciplinary collaboration, the Silo- Busting Strategic Collaboration Series. KBED created ongoing thematic events focused on better understanding where K-State has global capabilities and then establishing strategies to leverage those strengths for economic return to the university and community. KBED partnered with the Office of the President to create this events series aimed at providing opportunities for collaboration by bringing together people of all academic disciplines. Faculty, staff, researchers and partners are able to gain first-hand knowledge about complex challenges facing, Manhattan, the state of Kansas, and the world. In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security announced that that Manhattan was selected to be the home for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), a $1.25-Billion-dollar investment with substantial economic impact expected. The events in this series were centered around the pivotal question, “What could be an NBAF-type success for this area of strength?” The first event focused on Economic Development and was held in 2010. Since the inaugural event, 23 events have been hosted with over 825 participants.

  • Rebecca Robinson, Director of Economic Development, Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization

University of Wisconsin System Economic Development: Threading the Triple Helix - University-Government-Business Alignment

University of Wisconsin Economic Development: University- Government-Business Alignment or How to Build Bridges, Connect the Dots and “Pair Up in Threes” for Success. This case study reviews the structure, process, early results, future plans, and lessons learned from a major economic development collaboration involving the University of Wisconsin System. Highlights detail the evolution of economic development initiatives within the University of Wisconsin, with an emphasis on current initiatives made possible through a three-way, Triple Helix collaboration that encompasses the university, state government, and the business community. Collectively, the UW System represents one of Wisconsin’s leading economic development assets. This study is significant due to the size of the initiative: 26 separate public university campuses, the collaboration with industry and government partners, and the range of activities and collaborations involved. Performance results realized include an investment of $22.5 million in economic development incentive grants, the attraction of $7.9 million in private match funding, the addition of 134 internships in high demand areas, creation of 173 jobs in critical-need fields, training of 52 new doctorate-level healthcare practitioners, and project support, business assistance, and tech transfer support for more than 5000 businesses.

  • David Brukardt, Associate Vice President, Office of Economic Development, University of Wisconsin System

The Power of Community Partnerships in Funding Workforce Development Initiatives

Roanoke Ballroom A

Higher education institutions and economic development organizations increasingly are joining forces with each other and other like-minded organizations to tackle complex economic issues, such as workforce development. Nurturing collaboration with community partners helps stimulate job creation, economic development, and build community capacity and leadership. Deciding to collaborate and developing a strategic plan isn’t enough, however. You also have to secure the funding needed to implement your plan. In this session, we will discuss how to develop effective community partnerships, identifying and communicating collaborative outcomes, and leveraging those outcomes to secure higher levels of funding from a broad investor base.

  • Andy Coe, Principal, Convergent Nonprofit Solutions

The Center for Research in SEAD Education: Moving Beyond Boundaries to Optimize Impacts

Roanoke Ballroom B

Universities have promoted partnerships for decades. However, the partnerships within institutions and across the partnerships rarely exist, creating the siloed effect and minimizing the impacts of major effort and resources. The Center for Research in SEAD Education (CRSE) is going beyond boundaries to build bridges between efforts through engagement and research in order to nurture talent within targeted regions across Virginia. This presentation describes the framework, goals, participants, activities and related processes, data system, and evaluation mechanisms that are being launched and shared across stakeholders.

  • Dr. Susan G. Magliaro, Professor Emerita, Center for Research in SEAD Education, Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, Virginia Tech
  • TBD

10:30 – 10:45 am

Morning Break

Roanoke Ballroom Foyer

10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Break Out Sessions (3 concurrent)

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations: Innovation + Talent

Washington Lecture Hall

University of North Alabama: Shoals Shift

The overall purpose of Shoals Shift is to accelerate a cultural change that alters how economic development is viewed and practiced in the region, resulting in a strong and growing pipeline of high quality, in-demand jobs and grows the number of businesses as well as creating opportunities for University of North Alabama students, who desire, to stay in the region . Shoals Shift includes innovation and entrepreneurship education, competitions and mentoring that advances interested students towards starting their own venture or joining the employment of local companies. Specifically, students can enter the Shoals Idea Audition - 3-minute pitch contest, the 3 Day Startup weekend, enroll in Innovation Engineering or apply to be a part of the Generator, student incubator and mentoring. Prior to 2014 students did not have a university and community supported program of innovation and entrepreneurship. A unique core team consisting of leaders from the University of North Alabama College of Business, Shoals Entrepreneurial Center and Shoals Chamber of Commerce met in January 2014 and began a journey together that now guides the development of networks that initiate and manage innovation and entrepreneurship projects. Using Strategic Doing, a flexible agile process, the core team has been guiding the project which engaged over 150 students with over 30 students applying and enrolling at the Generator to develop their idea, and led over 10 students to compete in the annual Shoals Idea Audition.

  • Dr. Doug Barrett, Chair of Economic and Finance and Executive Director, Institute for Innovation and Economic Development at the College of Business at the University of North Alabama
  • Janyce Fadden, Executive-in-Residence, Institute for Innovation and Economic Development at the College of Business at the University of North Alabama
  • Mitch Hamm, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Institute for Innovation and Economic Development at the College of Business at the University of North Alabama

Indiana University: B-Start

Bloomington, Indiana is a top-ranked small city, due largely to the presence of Indiana University Bloomington. It is known for its well-educated population, emerging technology sector and quality of life. Because of these attributes, Bloomington holds the potential to be a leading city for startup activity. Yet much work remains to achieve this goal. In 2015, the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC), Indiana University Bloomington, Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington and Cook Medical partnered to establish B-Start to spur startup activity. B-Start is a pre-accelerator program designed to help IU and Ivy Tech students launch innovation-driven businesses. B-Start arose from a need to better coordinate Bloomington’s entrepreneurial assets and address the lack of connection points for entrepreneurs. The four-month program uses experienced local entrepreneurs as mentors, and arranges individual consultations and workshops with local experts in business planning, intellectual property, fundraising and financial management. B-Start participants produce a fully developed business plan, then pitch it at a final Demo Day. Graduates of B-Start receive a stipend to be applied toward continued development of their business in the Bloomington area. B-Start is premised on a theory that by more effectively leveraging the human assets of Bloomington’s entrepreneurial network, we can overcome our deficiencies in physical entrepreneurship spaces. The program relies on widespread participation from leaders of Bloomington’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, with the aim of nurturing and retaining student startups. After one year, B-Start has produced several promising startups and energized the Bloomington entrepreneurial community.

  • Dana Palazzo, Vice President, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation
  • Joe Carley, Associate Director for Economic Development, Office of the Vice President for Engagement, Indiana University

Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis: DIVE (Discovery, Innovation, and Venture Enterprise)

The DIVE (Discovery, Innovation and Ventures Enterprise) class is a 3-credit class experience that teams IU Kelley Evening MBA students with new and growing ventures. This select group of students attends a session where ventures pitch their concepts and needs as they would to a potential investor. Following student self-selection, student teams engage over 4-6 months to provide strategic analysis, business model development, market feasibility, and/or other support. In its 10th year, the program has allowed about 200 Kelley MBA students to work with over 50 ventures for the mutual of students, entrepreneurs, and venture community. DIVE is offered as part of the Entrepreneurship major within the Evening MBA Program at the IU Kelley School of Business, but also attracts finance, marketing, and other majors with an interest in venturing .The Evening MBA Program of the IU Kelley School is delivered in Indianapolis from the IUPUI campus, in the heart of the business and venture community. Our students are almost all working (85%) or in dual degree programs (10%). Working students come from a mix of corporate settings (e.g. Eli Lilly, Cummins, Rolls Royce) and small to medium sized businesses. Dual degree students include those enrolled in Kelley's JD/MBA and MD/MBA programs. The interests of this population are diverse, but a sub-segment has a keen interest in the ventures context. These interests span starting their own company, being part of a founding team, joining a high-growth venture, investing in ventures (typically in the future), and/or serving small and new companies.

  • Todd Saxton, Indiana Venture Faculty Fellow; Associate Professor, Strategy and Entrepreneurship; Director, DIVE (Discovery, Innovation, and Ventures Enterprise)

Santa Fe Community College: Santa Fe Community College Training Center Corporation

Integrated within instructional programs at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) that are currently collaborating with the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and developing new programs that articulate to in- and out-of-state universities, the Training Center Corporation (TCC) is established to support entrepreneurial activities. The TCC commercialization enterprise empowers local innovation, creates high-paying, technology-based jobs; and foster an environment of entrepreneurship and continued higher education in Santa Fe. TCC economic development initiatives diversify the local/regional economy by leveraging relationships and supporting start-up ventures from the neighboring national laboratories by further connecting them with an academic and entrepreneurial environment that fosters innovation and is known for creativity. The primary goals of the TCC are to substantially expose students and graduates to opportunities in a new economic venue that strengthens and empowers our community. In the 2015-2016 academic year the TCC created six private-sector ventures that are uniquely embedded in SFCC instructional programs in a manner that provides numerous hands-on internships and on-the-job training for new workers. The TCC houses entrepreneurs in the fields of advanced biotechnology, bio-manufacturing, neuroscience and agro-technology. Innovation-centered, these companies are focusing on next-generation solutions for the food-energy-water and health care nexus. It is anticipated that by 2018 the TCC will be providing 14 full time jobs, 12 new hands-on, paid internship opportunities annually created through these new companies each year. By 2020 the TCC will have added 70 or more paid positions to the Santa Fe economy.

  • Camilla Bustamante, Dean of the School of Trades, Technology, Sustainability and Professional Studies and of the School of Business and Education, Sante Fe Community College

IMCP - Connecting Talent, Innovation and Place

Roanoke Ballroom A

This session will recount the experiences of three UEDA member universities in their role in establishing and being designated as an IMCP designated region. The Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) Designation is granted by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to 24 regions across the country to help accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing. Designated communities receive the coordinated support of fourteen federal agencies and preferential consideration for $1.3 billion in existing federal funding opportunities. This session will recount the experiences of three UEDA member universities in their role in the application and implementation of their IMCP designation. The presenters will provide examples of how this effort aligns with the definitions of Talent, Innovation and Place.

  • Charles E. Shoopman, Jr., Assistant Vice President, Institute for Public Service, University of Tennessee
  • Mike Dozier, Executive Director, Office of Community & Economic Development, California State University, Fresno
  • Dr. Can (John) Saygin, Assistant Vice President for Research and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Julie M. Wenah, Counselor and Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration

Same Ecosystem, Different Entrepreneurs: Measuring the Vitality of a Diverse Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Roanoke Ballroom B

Ecosystem dynamics in regions with urban and rural features have not been comprehensively explored, nor have the differences among entrepreneurs. With support from the Kauffman Foundation, Virginia Tech researchers explored differences between two entrepreneur-types: the innovation-driven “gazelle” enterprises and the small and medium-sized enterprises. The two groups function differently within the same ecosystem, rely on different resources, and operate in different social networks. We present our findings from a case study of the Blacksburg-Roanoke VA region, where we explore rural-urban dynamics and entrepreneurial types to offer lessons on how academia and other ecosystem stakeholders might improve benchmarking practices.

  • Sarah Lyon-Hill, Economic Development Specialist, Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development
  • Maggie Cowell, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs
  • Scott Tate, Senior Economic Development Specialist, Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Lunch & Keynote Address

Roanoke Ballroom C-H

Connecting Universities and Economic Development

Roanoke Ballroom C-H

Colleges and universities are vital contributors in state, regional, national and international economic development. Colleges and universities not only create new knowledge, they also develop the next generation of talent and highly educated workers, who build on discoveries and put them to work in efforts to power economic development. A recent collaboration between the Council of State Governments and Elsevier studied the comparative economic strengths of each state that arise from their universities, which resulted in a joint report “America's Knowledge Economy: A State by State Review.” In his keynote, Dr. Fenwick will share insights from the report, which emphasizes the importance of research produced by universities and research organizations, and ties public support with research strengths and economic development outcomes. This keynote is relevant to research and economic development leaders who wish to learn more about approaches to identifying and promoting areas of strength as part of their efforts to expand economic development and investment, including but not limited to the recruitment and retention of high value companies.

  • Dr. Brad Fenwick, Senior VP Global Strategic Alliances, Elsevier


Monday Afternoon Education Sessions Sponsored and Supported by:


1:45 – 3:00 pm

Break Out Sessions (3 concurrent)

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations: Talent + Place

Washington Lecture Hall

East Carolina University: Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Academy

The loss of young people from eastern North Carolina’s (eNC) rural counties is widespread, accelerating, and often reaching crisis proportions. For the many that want to stay, quality jobs, a creative culture, entrepreneurial opportunities and an education system to help them reach their employment goals are needed. Simultaneously, eNC is the fourth largest manufacturing state in the country where advanced manufacturers rely heavily on and face a shortage of skilled workers. To stem the loss of creative talent from the region, parents and students must be shown clear pathways connecting their education choices, behaviors and commitments to manufacturing employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. Specifically, parents, students, and teachers must be oriented to the realities and career opportunities found in eNC's advanced manufacturing sectors including aerospace and aviation, defense, boat building, pharmaceuticals and bioprocessing, logistics, and health care innovations. The AMIA and associated Master eSTEAM Instructor program is a next-generation research, education and workforce development collaboration among middle school parents, students and teachers, East Carolina University, Pitt Community College, STEM East, and three county school systems addressing the shortage of technically-skilled STEAM workers and entrepreneurs in the workforce Regardless of educational attainment, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, and Mathematics) graduates with the skills, knowledge and abilities to create, design and execute innovative solutions to real-world problems will be in great demand by advanced manufacturing employers and the supporting entrepreneurial ecosystem. In the long run, retaining these talented, skilled graduates, workers and entrepreneurs will drive cultural and economic transformation in eastern North Carolina.

  • Dr. Ted Morris, Associate Vice Chancellor Office of Innovation and Economic Development
  • James Menke, ECU’s Office of Innovation and Economic Development

State University of New York at Oswego: Central New York Agricultural Testing and Analysis Labs

The SUNY Oswego Agricultural Testing and Analysis Labs (2) were developed in response to local industry demand for closing the export loop within our regional economy. SUNY Oswego partnered with State of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who provided a $250,000 capital investment for lab equipment, and the Port of Oswego Authority who provided the global interface to business and industry to create a student training lab in SUNY Oswego's Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation, and a duplicate industry lab just one mile away at the Port of Oswego Authority. As a result, the testing needs of the nation's largest exporter, Perdue AgriBusiness were immediately met, valuable experiential learning opportunities in food safety became widely available to SUNY Oswego students, and new opportunities to expand New York's vibrant agriculture and food industries is poised to position the state to set a national standard. Local sourcing, transporting, testing and exporting will result in full engagement of regional economic development opportunities by providing significant cost savings to local business and industry who transport and/or export grain and other food products, as well as a strong, sustainable agricultural sourcing link in the center of New York State. Additionally, environmental benefits will also be realized by reducing the transportation footprint, and real-world, hands-on laboratory experience for SUNY Oswego students will translate into future careers in food testing, including but not limited to nutrition labeling, microbiology, microscopy, chemistry and sampling.

  • Iain Thompson, Senior, Biochemistry
  • Noah Oliver, Senior, Accounting
  • Erin Dorsey, Project Coordinator, Office of Business & Community Relations
  • Pamela Caraccioli, Deputy to the President

Washington State University: Business Growth Mentor & Analysis Program

Washington State University Vancouver’s Business Growth Mentor & Analysis Program helps small businesses and entrepreneur's while providing educational opportunities for Carson College of Business students. The program is comprised of a pro-bono student consultancy and a monthly small business forum. The student consultancy provides analysis and consulting to small businesses and nonprofit organizations to help them improve and grow. At the same time, it provides business students experience working on real business issues and prepares them for the workforce. This innovative curriculum puts every business student into the community to address real-time business needs. Since 2011 more than 970 students have participated and the program has helped 172 organizations. Participating companies grew $6.8 million in new revenues and created 67 full-time jobs. The monthly forums started in 2014, as a way to bring together businesses that participated in the student consultancy to continue learning and growing. The forum brings our local business community together to collaborate and learn from WSU Vancouver faculty, experts and each other. It is open to the whole business community and over the last two years 86 businesses have attended at least one forum. The Business Growth MAP has become a flagship program for WSU Vancouver, supporting the land-grant mission of the university. The Carson College of Business is working with businesses, industry and stakeholders. Students and faculty are getting engaged with members of the community. The Business Growth MAP develops Southwest Washington’s future talent, innovative small businesses and community vitality.

  • Jane Cote, PhD, Academic Director, WSU Vancouver, Carson College of Business
  • Mistie Josephson, Business Growth Mentor & Analysis Program Manager, WSU Vancouver, Carson College of Business

Virginia Tech: Realigning Virginia's Coal Industry Workforce

In response to the critical economic challenges experienced by coal-reliant regions due to industry declines, the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development conducted a comprehensive skills mapping and analysis of workforce competenices. The project was unique in its field-based research to better specify the skills and abilities of coal industry workers and its blend of quantitative and qualitative data. The project was also distinguished by its detailed descriptions of occupation competencies and mapping of transferability opportunities for workers across industries, particularly from coal occupations to manufacturing and related occupations. The project resulted in enhanced knowledge of the occupatoins that were highly compatible for current and former coal workers, and improved the ability of front-line staff to better counsel workers, the awareness of industry human resource workers as to applicant credentials, and the capacity of training and education providers to better design training. Perhaps most critically, the intial project led to a continued and ongoing engagement between Virginia Tech and the coal-impacted counties of far southwest Virginia, resulting in subsequent work and additional funding (such as the $2 million award from the Department of Labor through the POWER initiative) to support dislocated workers and advance economic diversification. Virginia Tech and area partners are working to develop broadly supported regional strategies and strengthen emerging and continuing industry sectors of importance in the region. The region's collaborative capacity has improved and dislocated workers are being trained, and are beginning to secure employment, for occupations in emerging industries.

  • Scott Tate, Associate Director, Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development
  • John Provo, Director, Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development
  • Sarah Lyon-Hill, Economic Development Specialist, Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development

A Holistic View of Higher Education's Role in Community Engagement and Economic Development

Roanoke Ballroom A

This presentation will highlight results from a grounded theory study of 42 economic development and community engagement projects at 30 public higher education institutions in 22 states. The study included projects from research universities, land-grants, and community colleges. Data were collected from the University Economic Development Association (UEDA), the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universityes (APLU), and the National Association of Community College Entreprenrship (NACCE). A holistic perspective of entreprenrship emerged across institutional type that included the primary characteristics of: student participation, regional alignment, faculty invovlement, and networks. Secondary characteristics included mentorship, built spaces, and funding.

  • Dr. Kelly Hunt Lyon, Area Director, Webster University Little Rock Campuses
  • Marilyn Bellert, Executive Director, Northern Illinois Regional P-20 Network
  • Paula Mills,Project Manager, Office of Community & Economic Development, Colorado State University
  • Liz Povar, Founder, The Riverlink Group

A Town Hall Discussion on Collaboration

Roanoke Ballroom B

  • Rena Cotsones, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development, Northern Illinois University
  • Nancy Bowen, Associate Professor & Field Specialist Community Economics, Ohio State University
  • Carrie Zethmayr, Northern Stateline Region Manager, Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, State of Illinois
  • Diane Palmintera, President, Innovation Associates (Moderator)
  • Brent Painter, Director of Economic Development, City of Strongsville, Ohio

3:00 – 3:15 pm

Afternoon Break

Roanoke Ballroom Foyer

3:15 – 4:30 pm

Break Out Sessions (3 concurrent)

Frenemies: When Competitors Collaborate, The Region Wins

Washington Lecture Hall

Regional ecosystems offer an ideal testing ground for innovation. In Philadelphia, civic leaders have uniquely come together to create a collaborative approach to identifying, testing and investing in innovation, particularly in health care. This provides ‘access at scale’ for innovators in complex environments to access key industry stakeholders. The opportunity to gain unique access to data, resources, insights or whatever an innovator requires to validate their product/model. The Collaborative is comprised of nine regional organizations, including five academic institutions. The organizers of the Collaborative believe this model represents a new approach for communities to optimize how innovations get to market.

  • Keith Marmer, Managing Director, SG3 Ventures
  • TBD

MEP, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership: Providing Manufacturing Assistance to Enable Economic Development

Roanoke Ballroom A

A Panel of representatives from the MEP Program will present efforts from the nationwide network of MEP Centers that provide growth and competitiveness assistance to U.S. manufacturers on a national basis, and are closely tied in with economic development objectives at the state, local, and regional levels.

  • David C. Stieren, Acting Chief, Programs and Partnerships Division, NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership
  • Bill Donohue, President and Executive Director, GenEdge Alliance
  • Jennifer Hagan-Dier, Director, Tennessee MEP
  • Kristin Machac, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech

Startup Communities and Better University Engagement: The Case of Roanoke/Blacksburg

Roanoke Ballroom B

According to Brad Feld, “Startup Communities” drive innovation, business creation, and job growth. This book documents the strategy, dynamics, and long-term perspective required for fostering communities of entrepreneurs who build on eachother’s talent, creativity, and support. Using the Roanoke/Blacksburg region as an example, we will explore the notion of Startup Communities, the assets involved, and how higher education institutions can participate. Our startup community consists of students, researchers, lawyers, government, investors, coworking spaces, meetups and more. Encouraging participation in this ecosystem involves awareness of entrepreneurial assets and knowledge of how to plug-in and participate in the movement.

  • Sarah Lyon-Hill, Economic Development Specialist, Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development
  • Samantha Steidle, Innovation Officer, Virginia Western Community College

5:00 – 6:30 pm

Oktoberfest Networking Reception

Roanoke Hotel Courtyard

Dress casual and join colleagues in a jovial celebration, complete with German-influenced flavors. Beer steins will be provided. Please return them following the reception. The hotel will wash them and we will return them to participants at the Awards Banquet.

Networking Reception sponsored by TrailBlaze Creative.

Beer Steins sponsored by California State University 5 (CSU5) and Fresno State.


Local Dine-Arounds

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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7:00 – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

Roanoke Ballroom Foyer

7:15 – 7:45 am

Body of Knowledge Update

Roanoke Ballroom B

Bring your breakfast to Ballroom B to discuss our Body of Knowledge Committee work, including the Foundations for Strategy and Practice and Journal of Higher Education in Economic Development.

8:00 – 9:00 am

Welcome to Day Two

Roanoke Ballroom C-H

Welcome to Day Two! Dr. Wolk kicks off our second day in Roanoke.

  • Dr. Rick Wolk, President, UEDA & Principal, Rosewood Coaching

From Boxcars to Biotech: How an Innovative Partnership is Transforming a Region

Roanoke Ballroom C-H

Join Nancy Howell Agee, president and CEO of Carilion Clinic, and Michael Friedlander, Ph.D., vice president for health sciences and technology at Virginia Tech, for a lively conversation about the unique partnership between their organizations that spawned a medical school and research institute six short years ago and today forms the basis for a broader economic development vision anchored in an innovation corridor. Carilion Clinic is a nationally ranked health care system headquartered in Roanoke, Va. Virginia Tech, is a comprehensive land- grant research university serving the commonwealth with six major areas including a main campus in Blacksburg, a strong presence in the national capitol region, and the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke with an expanding health sciences campus through a partnership with Carilion Clinic.

  • Karen McNew McGuire, Senior Consultant, Public Relations and Corporate Communications, Carilion Clinic
  • Michael J. Friedlander, PhD., Founding Executive Director, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
  • Nancy Howell Agee, President and CEO, Carilion Clinic

Tuesday Morning Education Sessions Sponsored and Supported by:


9:15 – 10:30 am

Break Out Sessions (3 concurrent)

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations: Place

Washington Lecture Hall

University of Kansas: RedTire: Helping to Sustain Rural Businesses in the U.S.

RedTire from the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Kansas helps to sustain the economic wellbeing of rural businesses in the US. The RedTire program, the only one of its kind in the country, addresses the shuttering of small and medium sized businesses of retiring owners by finding replacement ownership from qualified university alumni, helping to negotiate a fair transaction price for the sale of the business, assisting in the transition to new ownership and providing mentoring to insure business success after the sale. Assistance is provided free of charge due to the efficiency of RedTire’s operation and subsidy from the Economic Development Administration. Since its inception 32 months ago, the program has successfully assisted in 18 transactions thereby insuring continued employment for the companies’ 164 employees. (

  • Wally Meyer, Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, University of Kansas

Indiana University: Kokomo Steward of Place: How Indiana University Kokomo Engages with the North Central Indiana Region to Support Economic Development

Indiana University Kokomo is a regional campus of Indiana University with a core mission of being a “steward of place”; a publicly engaged institution fully committed to direct, two-way interaction with the communities we serve. Located in north-central Indiana, the campus has been engaged in creating and cultivating partnerships that strengthen the economic vitality of our twelve county service region. In response to a call from these partners the campus led an effort to address the need to help local leaders think and act regionally to be competitive in our global economy. Each community was struggling to survive on its own and needed help in finding ways to work together. Upon embarking on this project the region had no formal regional organization and was unable to compete for federal and state funding for regional projects and the enhancement of economic development. Our goal was to identify regional leaders, help them learn more about the benefits of regionalism, and then facilitate the creation of a regional partnership organization. Answering the call to help communities in north-central Indiana embrace regionalism began with identifying and educating regional leaders and ended with a working organization that is successfully bringing grant funds benefitting the region. IU Kokomo continues to be deeply engaged in this project, and continues to lend support to the organization’s endeavors. As a regional campus, committed to steward of place, IU Kokomo’s support and leadership resulted in a systematic and sustainable outcome that will have impact on the region for years to come.

  • Susan Sciame-Giesecke, Chancellor, Indiana University Kokomo
  • Cathy Valcke, Director External Relations & Public Affairs, Indiana University Kokomo

University of Alaska / SBDC: KimIan (KimIan) is a low cost cloud-based tool that organizes resources for business advisors and clients. The structure for KimIan is a standard business-planning outline. Included in the tools available in KimIan are general information and links to examples, online courses and videos. KimIan is flexible in that Business Advisors can direct clients to specific areas, or user/clients can self discover ways to improve or plan for their future business by navigating through the ten categories on their own. The KimIan tool expands the Alaska SBDC's ability to achieve it's mission: To spark the amazing in Alaska - one idea, one business, one community at a time and is aligned with the Alaska SBDC's three strategic priorities: 1. Achieve excellence in service delivery; 2. Focused service delivers to enable growth in regional sectors and communities; 3. Significant infusion of new capital cycling through the community (Alaskan Economy). Business Advisors are trained to use KimIan, which is then integrated into their individual one on one, confidential counseling sessions. KimIan is not static as it is constantly being modified to keep up with the fast pace of new knowledge as advisors are trained to use the new tool suggestion form to recommend additions. The suggestions are reviewed and added to the specific area of KimIan where the new tool fits. Results Summary: Business Advising is aligned across the state through a low cost systematic cloud based approach to business advising that is continually updated with new resources.

  • Christi Bell, Associate Vice Provost &, Executive Director, UAA Business Enterprise Institute

University of North Carolina at Greensboro: UNCG + HQ Greensboro: Connecting the Under-connected to Catalyze the Innovation Ecosystem

UNCG + HQ Greensboro connects under-connected students, faculty, businesses and community members in downtown Greensboro to help build a culture of inclusive innovation. The platform builds on UNCG’s 5C Principles for Economic Engagement: Connect, Convene, Catalyze, Capacity Build, Create. The university was an early driver and champion of HQ Greensboro, a privately developed, 11,000 square-foot, shared workspace in a 120 year old building designed to empower, foster, and cultivate companies that produce long-term job growth and positive social impact. UNCG partnered with nearby North Carolina A&T State University to launch a joint University Engagement Office (UEO) there that brings university resources such as UNCG’s Office of Research & Economic Development (ORED) and North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC) into the community. UNCG’s Office of Innovation Commercialization (OIC) leases a second office at HQ Greensboro for university spinout organizations. UNCG has a played a key role in helping to bring new energy and economic development to downtown Greensboro. HQ Greensboro is now the venue of choice for many university-led entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives. The vibrant and open atmosphere there results in numerous “happy collisions” that come from serendipitous interactions between people from public, private and education sectors. The impact of UNCG’s presence downtown far exceeded expectations by all stakeholders within the first year. 247 faculty/staff members from more than 20 different campus units, 305 students and 477 individuals from business, non-profit and civic organizations participated in UNCG led initiatives at HQ Greensboro, resulting in numerous new partnerships, programs, funding and career opportunities.

  • Bryan Toney, Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic Engagement, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Sara Pilling-Kellogg, Director, HQ Greensboro

Lessons Learned from Building a Statewide Innovation Training Program

Roanoke Ballroom A

After the University of Iowa successfully launched NSF I-Corps training on campus, the program was modified to meet the needs of a variety of startups including rural and main street business and taken statewide. The session will be delivered in an interactive format using gamification, which has the dual purpose of demonstrating what can be done to energize a classroom. Examples include icebreaking and team building games such as “bumper sticker”, “magazine cover”, and the best / worst practice game of “works great vs. stop doing immediately”.

  • Lynn Allendorf, Director, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, University of Iowa
  • Julie Forsythe, Director, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
  • Scott Swenson, Regional Director, Kirkwood Small Business Development Center, Kirkwood Community College
  • Elizabeth Hallgren, Lecturer, Entrepreneurship and Marketing, Iowa Western Community College

Building a Regional Innovation Blueprint and a Blueprint for Industry Working with Higher Education

Roanoke Ballroom B

In 2012 leaders from the technology community in Roanoke and Blacksburg, joined by higher education partners, pursued a two-year project to develop a Regional Innovation Blueprint. They documented that the region was underperforming in realizing the potential of its innovation assets. They identified new programs and investments needed both inside and outside of higher education. In the intervening years many of these have been realized or are under development. The session will review the Blueprint process, the findings and accomplishments to date. Special attention will be given to the external perspective on working with higher education.

  • Jonathan Whitt, President and CEO, Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council
  • Sam English, Founder and CEO, Attention Point
  • Doug Juanarena Retired Serial Entrepreneur

10:30 – 10:45 am

Morning Break

Roanoke Ballroom Foyer

10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Break Out Sessions (3 concurrent)

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations: Place + Innovation

Washington Lecture Hall

WT Enterprise Center: Incubation with Urgency

WT Enterprise Center, a division of the College of Business at West Texas A&M University, and the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation, entered a partnership to accelerate entrepreneurial development in the Texas Panhandle. WT Enterprise Center, a business incubation program located in a 31,000 sq. ft. facility in Amarillo, Texas, is the catalyst of this initiative by managing the project entitled “Incubation with Urgency: A Collaborative Ecosystem for Developing Entrepreneurs.” Incubation with Urgency enables WT Enterprise Center to provide expedited services to local entrepreneurs through investment provided by Amarillo EDC. The project provides funding for experienced entrepreneurs-in-residence, who coach and mentor growth clients in the incubator. It also creates a culture that exhibits a “no wrong door” mindset when it comes to assisting entrepreneurs. Upon entering the Enterprise Center, a person can plug into the ecosystem and receive help with their idea or existing business, and also receive assistance from other service providers throughout the region. The “Incubation with Urgency” initiative allows regional entrepreneurs access to experiences coaches and industry specialists to maximize their growth potential, ultimately contributing to the development of new jobs and new revenue streams for Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle.

  • David Terry, Executive Director, WT Enterprise Center

East Carolina University: ECU Innovation Design Lab

East Carolina University’s (ECU) Innovation Design Lab (IDL) develops and administers programs that address critical needs relative to Talent, Innovation and Place in eastern North Carolina (eNC). IDL integrates innovation, design and advanced manufacturing to offer programs that include: educational programs; training for educators, industry and military partners; support for entrepreneurial ventures; advanced manufacturing assistance for partners; and rapid prototyping assistance for partners and students. The region served by ECU is largely rural, measuring below state and national norms for educational and economic indicators. There is an exodus of young people because of the dearth of jobs. A common complaint of manufacturers is that there is a lack of skilled talent. IDL began in 2009 as a pilot program in 500 square feet to test the concept of using innovation and design methodologies and additive manufacturing (AM) systems (3D printing) to develop talent in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, and Mathematics (STEAM), initiate projects with industry clusters to address workforce training and competitiveness, and foster the development of entrepreneurial enterprises. In 2016 IDL entered Phase II of its plan and increased capacity and programs with a move to 5,600 square feet and the creation of a state-of the-art advanced manufacturing facility that houses 35 MakerBot 3D printing platforms. Program offerings have expanded and are provided to students and educators, military and industry partners, and the entrepreneurial community. Phase III includes IDL as an anchor tenant for the East Carolina Research and Innovation Campus and a sustainable plan of operation.

  • Wayne Godwin, ECU’s School of Art and Design and Director of the Innovation Design Lab
  • Joe Gains, Director Industry and Economic Development, Office of Innovation and Economic Development

Urban Innovation21: Public-Private Partnership Driving Inclusive Innovation

Urban Innovation21 formerly known as the The Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation Zone (PCKIZ) is a consortium of higher education institutions, businesses, government agencies and community organizations, collaborating to grow our regions innovation economy while simultaneously connecting disconnect communities and populations. Urban Innovation21 orchestrates a combination of placed based organizations: tax incentives, entrepreneurial resources, educational and internship programs, networking events. Urban Innovation21's goal is to multiply technology and economic development activities, creating economic sustainability while transforming some of our regions underresourced communities.

  • William Generett Jr., J.D., President and CEO, Urban Innovation21
  • Alan W. Seadler Ph.D., Associate Provost for Research and Technology, Edward V. Fritzky Chair in Biotechnology, Duquesne University
  • James Myers, Director of Community Affairs and Business Engagement, Urban Innovation21
  • Alyssa Boehringer, Director Workforce and Technology Entrepreneurship Programming, Urban Innovation21
    Marteen Garay Director of Entrepreneurship Programming , Urban Innovation21

Colorado State University: The Energy Institute at the Powerhouse Energy Campus

Colorado State University's Energy Institute at the Powerhouse Energy Campus is one of the nation's top academic laboratories, a showcase of clean energy research and technology known for its unique interdisciplinary approach to global problem-solving. Driven by visionary leadership and an entrepreneurial spirit, the virtual institute unites 12 affiliated centers and eight colleges under a single mission to grow the impact, reach and reputation of energy education and research at CSU. The Powerhouse Campus is a physical manifestation of the university’s investment and commitment in this field as a leading model of collaborative space, green construction and integrated design. An emphasis on student-centered experiential learning has distinguished the institute as an educational innovator and fostered a robust startup community in clean energy technologies. EnviroFit International is a notable example of a student-founded social enterprise that has brought transformative energy solutions to the developing world. The university’s leadership in clean energy was instrumental in catalyzing a collaborative culture of innovation in Fort Collins, prompting recognition of the city by the Smithsonian Institution as the contemporary example of six “Places of Invention” throughout American history. The collective impact of the Energy Institute and its affiliated centers is vast and diverse, encompassing job and business creation, commercialization of groundbreaking technologies, and the delivery of energy savings and health benefits to local and global communities.

  • Paula Mills, Project Manager, Community and Economic Development, Colorado State University
  • Bryan Willson, Ph.D., Executive Director, CSU Energy Institute; Professor, Mechanical Engineering

How Student Voice Can Help State Government Boost Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Roanoke Ballroom A

Students are underutilized allies of university-based economic development offices. They can offer diverse perspectives, insights on what resources students need to start businesses, and a wide range of talents and resources. In this session, you will learn how to leverage local higher education students to enhance your region. Three students from Virginia will share how they have partnered with Governor Terry McAuliffe to increase youth innovation and entrepreneurship. The students are members of the Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship and members of the University Innovation Fellows program, which empowers students to cultivate campus ecosystems that support innovation and entrepreneurship.

  • Elliot Roth, Founder & CEO of Spira, Inc., University Innovation Fellow - Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Keaton Wadzinski, Founder and Executive Director, ReinventED Lab
  • Jade Garrett, Founder of Positive Deviancy, Program Coordinator for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Co-Director of the Mason Innovation eXchange (M.I.X.), University Innovation Fellow - George Mason University
  • Katie Dzugan, Network Development Director, University Innovation Fellows

A Case Study in University/Community Collaboration

Roanoke Ballroom B

As the largest employer in Centre County, Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania State University has always been a source of economic strength in the region. Even as the county lost its once strong manufacturing base with the closing of three major employers, the university’s presence helped mask the growing imbalance in the local economy. The mix of private and public/quasi-public sector was nearly equally weighted less than two decades ago. Today, public/quasi-public sector employment accounts for approximately 73 percent of the local economy. Community leaders took notice, recognizing that such an imbalance is not healthy for long-term economic vitality. The collective effort to strengthen Centre County’s private sector economy culminated on May 1, 2015, when the Pennsylvania State University and the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County signed a formal Memorandum of Agreement to work collaboratively on entrepreneurial and economic development. In this seminar, the speakers will follow the path toward implementation, from CBICC-initiated dialogue with three previous university presidents, to the signing of the MOA by Penn State University President Dr. Eric J. Barron and CBICC President and CEO Vern Squier before an audience of more than 300 business leaders, regional economic development partners, local and state elected officials and Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development representatives.

  • Vern Squier, President and CEO, Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County
  • Jeff Fortin, Associate Vice President for Research, Director of Industrial Partnerships, The Pennsylvania State University

12:00 – 2:30 pm


Roanoke Ballroom C-H

Sponsored by the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources

Keynote Address

Roanoke Ballroom C-H

  • Matt S. Erskine, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and Chief Operating Officer for the Economic Development Administration (confirmed)

Annual Business Meeting

Roanoke Ballroom C-H

2:30 – 2:45 pm

Afternoon Break

Roanoke Ballroom Foyer

2:45 – 4:30 pm

UEDA Interest Group Discussions and Launch

Roanoke Ballroom C-H

UEDA members often say the greatest value of the organization is the promotion of best practices and innovative models that can be shared and adapted. This interactive session will feature a discussion around the major realms of university-based economic development: talent, innovation, and place. Attendees will be broken into small groups and given an opportunity to provide input on ways to share best practices and promote shared learning year-round, not just during the annual summit. These may include web-based tools and other approaches. Come join a lively dialog and make sure your voice is heard!

6:00 – 6:30 pm

Anniversary Wine Reception

Roanoke/Chrystal Ballroom Foyer

Join us as have a wine service before our Awards Banquet.

6:30 pm

UEDA Awards of Excellence Ruby Anniversary Banquet

Sponsored by Virginia Tech

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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8:30 – 10:00 am

UEDA Board of Directors Meeting

Buck Mountain

All are welcome to attend the UEDA Board of Directors' Meeting. Breakfast is not served for participants.

10:00 – 10:15 am


10:15 am – 12:00 pm

Virginia University-Based Economic Development Group Meeting

Chrystal Ballroom

Virginia is recognized for a rich array of higher education resources. This system of autonomous public and private institutions impacts economic development through the work of Virginia’s University Based Economic Development officers (UBED). UBED meeting participants include state supported 4-year degree granting institutions, economic development agencies, community colleges, private non-profit institutions, and industry. These meetings provide a forum for sharing best practices across higher education institutions and exposing agencies and industry to the assets found in Virginia’s universities. UBED is also professionalizing the practice of university-based economic development in the state, serving as the implementing arm of an MOU between the state’s economic agencies and higher education partners.

This meeting will include a discussion of metrics for economic development in higher education, featuring Jim Woodell, Vice President, Economic Development and Community Engagement, with the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and colleagues from UEDA.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

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University Economic Development Association
PO Box 97930
Pittsburgh, PA 15227

216.200.UEDA (8332)