Sponsors & Exhibitors

UEDA relies on our sponsors and exhibitors to continue to deliver top-notch programming at our Annual Summit and throughout the year. We recognize and thank the following major sponsors for 2016-17.

Interested in sponsoring the 2016 Annual Summit? Click here to view our opportunities.



Virginia Tech

Outreach and International Affairs, Office of Engagement
College of Engineering
Office of the Vice president for Research and Innovation

Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of more than $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).



Elsevier Research Intelligence offers solutions to the most pressing challenges faced by researchers and research managers. We provide innovative services that improve your ability to establish, execute and evaluate research strategy and performance via rich data assets and metrics from tools such as SciVal and Pure, and custom analytical services.


University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

The University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources is the bridge between local issues and the power of UC research. ANR’s advisors, specialists and faculty bring practical, science-based answers to Californians. Sometimes referred to as “California’s first incubator,” ANR works hand in hand with industry to enhance agricultural markets, help the balance of trade, address environmental concerns, protect plant health, and provide farmers with scientifically tested production techniques and Californians with increased food safety. UC ANR scientists serve as problem-solvers, catalysts, collaborators, stewards and educators. Together with their campus partners, they build the bridge between the people of California and their great University.


Arizona State University

Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to excellence, access and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.


USDA, Rural Development

Since 2009, USDA’s partnership with America’s rural communities has supported the emergence of a more vibrant, diverse rural economy led by makers, creators and innovators. Under the leadership of President Obama, USDA has made significant and transformative investments across the nation. These investments have empowered rural America to continue leading the way, strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities that so many call home.


Invent Penn State

Invent Penn State is a Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation, and student career success. Launched in 2015 by Penn State President Dr. Eric Barron, Invent Penn State is a coordinated effort to create a University environment that welcomes and encourages entrepreneurship. Invent Penn State blends entrepreneurship-focused academic programs, business startup training and incubation, funding for commercialization, and university-community collaborations to facilitate the challenging process of turning research discoveries into valuable products and services that can benefit Pennsylvanians and humankind.


Virginia Economic Development Partnership

In 1995, the Virginia General Assembly created the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) to better serve those seeking a prime business location and increased trade opportunities and, therefore, to foster increased expansion of the Commonwealth’s economy. As a state authority, the Partnership is governed by a 24 member Board Of Directors comprised of businesspersons from around Virginia, each of whom is appointed by the Governor and the General Assembly. Our President & Chief Executive Officer is employed by the Board to oversee the fulfillment of our mission:

“To enhance the quality of life and raise the standard of living for all Virginians, in collaboration with Virginia communities, through aggressive business recruitment, expansion assistance, and trade development, thereby expanding the tax base and creating higher-income employment opportunities.”


Virginia Tech Foundation

The Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc. is located in scenic Blacksburg, Virginia, adjacent to the northwest corner of the Virginia Tech campus in the University Gateway Center. The foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit nonstock corporation established in 1948, and provides private financial support to enable the forward progress of Virginia Tech. Through successful asset management and the generosity of Virginia Tech alumni and friends, the foundation continues to increase its real estate portfolio, endowment value, and support to university initiatives.


City of Roanoke, VA

Roanoke, Va. is located midway between New York, N.Y. and Atlanta, Ga. on Interstate 81, 168 miles west of the state capital, Richmond, Va. The city is the center of one of Virginia’s largest metropolitan regions, and a hub of transportation, finance, and industry for the southwestern part of the state.  The scenic beauty of the Roanoke Valley, located between the Blue Ridge and the Virginia Alleghany Highlands, makes the city a pleasant as well as an economically diverse place to live and work. The city’s position on the East Coast gives it ready access to close to two-thirds of the total population of the nation within a radius of 500 miles.


Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge is the official destination marketing organization for the Cities of Roanoke and Salem as well as Roanoke, Franklin, and Botetourt Counties. Our job is to market the region’s tourism assets by attracting conventions, meetings and sports groups, as well as thousands of visitors to see all that Virginia’s Blue Ridge has to offer. Tourism is BIG business for this region and our economic impact to the area plays a vital role in making our communities an absolutely remarkable place to visit, reside, work, and recreate. Go to – for more details and have a #BlueRidgeDay.



TrailBlaze Creative

TrailBlaze Creative increases the competitiveness of nonprofits, businesses, and communities through image management. With expertise as marketing and communications strategists, we provide planning, management, and tactical support to organizations looking to embrace a growth mindset. We have a passion for creativity and strive to help those organizations who are working hard to make a difference.

Uniquely, TrailBlaze was formed at the request of our clients who were seeking a firm that a) places client needs first; b) establishes trust; c) embodies their brand; and d) provides creative strategic direction for sustainable organizational growth. We use these elements at the core of all of our client relationships.

We are honored to be UEDA’s Association Management firm.


National Institute of Standards and Technology, Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is a public/private partnership that works with small and midsized U.S. manufacturers to create and retain jobs, increase profits, save time and money, develop new customers, and expand into new markets. Founded in 1988, the nationwide network consists of more than 1,300 technical experts located in every state. For every dollar of federal investment, the MEP generates $19 in new sales growth and $21 in new client investments, and creates or retains one manufacturing job for every $2,001 of federal investment. For more information, please visit



The IMPLAN economic model empowers economic development professionals to examine national, state, and county level economies to assess the total economic impact of an expansion or relocation, consequences of natural disasters, or the value of a business to a regional economy. IMPLAN helps Universities provide more insight into local policy matters by allowing you to:

• Estimate the potential tax revenue generation of new businesses.
• Study the impacts of tourism and conventions.
• Identify and analyze industry clusters.
• Provide in depth analysis for industry targeting.
• Determine the impacts of policy changes.

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University of Tennessee, Institute for Public Service

The University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service (IPS) extends the resources of the state’s land-grant university to help leaders of local and state governments and businesses find solutions to everyday problems. In fiscal year 2013, IPS agencies helped their customers contribute more than $600 million in economic impact in Tennessee. The Center for Industrial Services (CIS), an IPS agency, leads the institute’s economic development efforts by helping existing firms become more competitive, develop new products and markets, and by teaching economic development practitioners new approaches to navigating economic growth. During 2013 CIS is celebrating 50 years of service to Tennessee existing industry on behalf of the University of Tennessee.


Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University system and serves Central California’s diverse, growing population. With an enrollment of more than 23,000 students, Fresno State is designated by U.S. Department of Education as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The University offers 62 undergraduate degree programs; 45 master’s degrees in the liberal arts and sciences and in professional disciplines emphasizing agriculture, business, engineering and technology, health and human services, and education; and doctoral programs in educational leadership, physical therapy and nursing.


California State University 5 (CSU5)

The CSU system has long been a national leader in educational attainment and workforce development. As the CSU5 campuses establish curricula designed to enable employees to develop new skills that will accelerate them through the professional ranks, these campuses are also working toward viewing their fellow universities more as collaborative partners and less as competitors. Together, the CSU5 campuses are working to develop new areas of collective expertise that relate to the priorities shaping the future of Greater Los Angeles.


East Carolina Univeristy

ECU is the intellectual, economic, and cultural center of Eastern North Carolina and we assume fundamental responsibility for the health and well-being of the region we serve. But our vision is even broader. ECU is where the next generation of doctors, dentists, nurses, teachers, business leaders, artists, performers, athletes, and educated and engaged citizens are preparing to change their communities, North Carolina, and the world. At ECU we choose the path of innovation and excellence that will lead this institution to its destiny of greatness. At ECU we take our motto- servire, “to serve”-seriously. We change lives, transform our region, and focus upon the future. Innovation and problem solving are at the heart of what we do.

Tomorrow starts here!


Penn State College of Medicine

Penn State College of Medicine and the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is recognized as one of the nation’s premier academic health centers, recruiting faculty members who are internationally known for their accomplishments in research, education, and patient care. College of Medicine and Medical Center faculty and physicians continue to integrate the latest biomedical knowledge and technology with compassionate care of patients, while educating the next generation of scientists and physicians.


Radford University

Radford University is a comprehensive public university of more than 9,400 students that has received national recognition for many of its undergraduate and graduate academic programs, as well as its sustainability initiatives. Radford University serves the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation through a wide range of academic, cultural, human service and research programs. Well known for its strong faculty/student bonds, innovative use of technology in the learning environment and vibrant student life on a beautiful 204-acre American classical campus, Radford University offers students many opportunities to get involved and succeed in and out of the classroom. The university offers 67 degree programs in 38 disciplines and two certificates at the undergraduate level; 22 master’s programs in 17 disciplines and three doctoral programs at the graduate level; 13 post-baccalaureate certificates and one post-master’s certificate.


East Stroudsburg University of PA

East Stroudsburg University is one of fourteen State-owned institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education whose mission is undertaken in behalf of those who support it the -citizenry -through their governor and legislature, students and alumni, and other friends who share its commitments.


Lehigh University

Lehigh is a premier private residential research university. Most of our students—undergraduate and graduate—live on campus, allowing research and discovery to happen almost anywhere. We are ranked in the top tier of national research universities each year, and our four colleges have earned a reputation for their entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary approach to learning.

Today, more than 75,000 alumni from around the world have earned a Lehigh diploma, and nearly 96% of last year’s graduates have gone on to find career-related opportunities just six months after leaving campus.


Purdue Agile Strategy Lab

We are on the cusp of a profound transformation from industrial age hierarchies to 21st century networks. More and more organization are facing the challenge: How do we “jump the curve”?

Over the past decade, a small team at Purdue has quietly incubated a fast, light weight, and agile approach to strategy — Strategic Doing — to confront these wicked problems and seize new, exciting opportunities.



The Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) is a national grape and wine education program that combines the flexibility of online instruction; instructor guided education from industry professionals; and crucial hands on experience under the guidance of an experienced mentor at a vineyard or winery close to where you live.  VESTA is designed to come to the student within the United States or around the world.


Association of Public & Land-grant Universities

APLU’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP) was created to help leaders of APLU member universities—including presidents and chancellors, senior research officers, provosts, other officers and their staffs—plan, assess, and communicate their institutions’ work in local and regional economic development. CICEP’s Strategic Framework is built around four areas of work:

  • Economic Engagement Leadership
  • National Resource
  • Convener of Partnerships
  • Communication Strategies


Northeastern Economic Developers Association

NEDA members are dedicated economic development professionals who share best practices to make you more valuable to the organizations you serve.

NEDA will be the best resource for advancing the mission of your organization, creating effective regional economic development programs, and promoting regional cooperation and learning through leadership and professional networking.


Virginia Business

Virginia Business magazine: Virginia’s Source for Business Intelligence.

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