Annual Summit Agenda

csu52017 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: CSU5.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

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2:45 pm – 6:30 pm

Whale Watching Excursion

Join UEDA conference participants on a unique Whale Watching Cruise to kick off our 2017 Annual Summit! Experienced Captains will provide a comprehensive narration about the characteristics of Long Beach and its marine life as we travel along the coast on double-deck sightseeing vessels. Boats are US Coast Guard inspected and certified and have restroom facilities, ample seating, snack bar, and plenty of outside viewing room. The ship’s crew, featuring Aquarium of the Pacific educators, guide you on every voyage as we search for all types of awe-inspiring marine life. Throughout the year along with Gray and Blue Whales you may also see Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, and Killer Whales (Orcas). Other wildlife frequently spotted off the coast of Long Beach are Dolphins including Common, Bottlenose, Risso’s, and Pacific White Sided. Complete trip will last 2.5-3 hours. The dock is less than 1/2 mile from the UEDA conference hotel. No transportation is provided, however it is a very nice walk to the pier from the Renaissance. Register here.

Meet in hotel lobby for walk to pier: 2:45pm
Boarding: 3:30pm
Returning: 6:30pm
Cost: $45 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

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11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Conference Registration and Exhibitor Setup

The Loft / Farell’s Lounge 

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Pre-Conference Forums

This year, UEDA presents two pre-conference forums. These casual, working sessions focus on establishing targeted goals to address several major issues identified with our environment today. The results of these sessions will be two individual reports on the findings and discussions, which will be presented publicly via webinar following their completion. We encourage everyone to select one session to attend upon registration.

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Pre-Conference Forum 1: The Role of Colleges and Universities in Economic Development for Hispanic Populations

Presented by Camilla Bustamante, Dean, Trades, Technology, Sustainability, Professional Studies and Business and Education, Santa Fe Community College

Goal: Convene a national forum of stakeholders, leadership, and practitioners to identify opportunities and address potential barriers to the resources of higher education toward improved economic development.
Objectives: In this facilitated forum in a presentation and discussion format, we will:

  • Collect data on evidence based best practices and policy;
  • Develop infrastructure for information sharing that may support community focused and national initiatives;
  • Recognize basic and common cultural characteristics that can be leveraged to support the role of higher education toward improved Hispanic economic development; and
  • Propose policy to strengthen the role of higher education for Hispanic populations.

A full report from this forum will be shared by both the University Economic Development Association and the Hispanic Association for Colleges and Universities and will be edited for submission to the Journal of Economic Development in Higher Education (JEDHE).

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Pre-Conference Forum 2: Building Partnerships between Higher Education Institutions and Economic Development Organizations: Recognizing, Catalyzing and Propelling the Value Proposition

Using 'Propel L.A.,' the Countywide Strategic Plan for Economic Development developed and now being implemented by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) as a case study, the forum will be facilitated by Marianne Haver Hill, Executive Director for Propel L.A. Participants will take a deeper dive into the 'why and how' of building robust partnerships between higher education institutions and local economic development organizations (EDOs). In order to surface best practices and find practical solutions for shared challenges, participants will consider these questions:

  • Is there a shared definition between the campus and the EDO for 'economic development?' For 'innovation?'
  • From the perspective of an EDO, where is the 'front door' to the campus?
  • How does the EDO know what the campus does well? Who is telling the campus story?
  • How does the EDO know what services or programs the campus can provide for regional economic development?
  • How is that information provided?
  • What is the expected return to the campus from economic development projects? Student service learning programs? Student internships? Faculty research opportunities? Contracted services for trainings?
  • How does the institution engage with the EDO – on longer-term regional impact activities or on specific projects? Why?
  • Are there other regional partners for a campus to leverage in economic development work?

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Welcome Reception / Show Your Colors Reception

Farell's Lounge

Show your school spirit to kick off the 2017 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 Long Beach's popular eateries.


Local Dine-Arounds

Monday, October 2, 2017

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7:00 – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

Farell’s Lounge

7:15 – 7:45 am

Award of Excellence Information Session

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

8:00 – 8:05 am

Summit Opening

Bixby Ballroom

Join us for kicking off the 2017 UEDA Annual Summit.

  • Janice Kleinwort, President, UEDA & Executive Director of Economic Affairs, Arizona State University


8:05 – 8:15 am

A Welcome from Long Beach

Bixby Ballroom

In 2014, Rex Richardson, 30, was elected to the Long Beach City Council to represent the neighborhoods of North Long Beach, becoming the youngest councilmember in the City's history and the youngest African American elected official in the region.

Mr. Richardson is also an elected Regional Board Member of the Southern California Association of Governments, where he works with leaders from other cities across the region to develop collective approaches to solving the problems that affect transportation and mobility across Southern California.

  • Rex Richardson, Vice Mayor

8:15 – 9:00 am

Welcome Address: The Los Angeles Economic Story - Understanding the Past, Embracing the Present and Delivering the Future

Bixby Ballroom

Bill Allen is the Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation and its subsidiary, the World Trade Center Los Angeles. Mr. Allen is also Co-Chair of the California Stewardship Network, a Vice Chair of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley and a member of the Board of Directors of the Weingart Foundation, Regional Economic Association Leaders of California Coalition, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs, FilmL.A., Unite L.A., and Sister Cities of Los Angeles.

  • Bill Allen, CEO, LAEDC

9:15 – 10:30 am

Break Out Sessions (3 concurrent)

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations: Place + Innovation

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University of West Florida: Sustainable Economic Development Initiative

As a result of the damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the University of West Florida was contracted by the state of Florida to develop the Sustainable Economic Development Initiative (SEDI) program. The funds were designated for developing and implementing an innovative economic development program for the charitable purpose of promoting research and development, commercialization of research, economic diversification, and job creation within the eight disproportionally affected counties of Northwest Florida. Strategically tying financial and tax incentives to job creation and capital investment enables governments to tailor incentive programs to tangible goals. Therefore, utilizing the $30 million appropriation from the state legislature, the UWF Office of Economic Development and Engagement used the SEDI program funds to create an industry incentive program designed to recruit, retain or expand industry job creation. Intended for use when funding from private, State, and/or other sources either was insufficient or unavailable to finalize a project, IRREF funds were to be used to push projects over the finish line. Utilizing innovative techniques, to date the project has contracted for the creation or retention of 10,666 jobs and nearly $673 million in capital investment.

  • Dr. Brice Harris, Assistant Vice President for Division of Research & Strategic Innovation, University of West Florida

University of Nevada, Reno: Propelling a University-Driven Innovation Ecosystem

The University of Nevada, Reno (University) is a cornerstone of the dramatic economic turnaround happening in Nevada. The University’s Innovation Ecosystem is uniquely facilitating commercialization, entrepreneurialism, regional collaboration and faculty competitiveness by anchoring to The Innevation Center, located in downtown Reno, and the Nevada Center for Applied Research (NCAR), located on campus. The Innevation Center is spurring ideation, commercialization and entrepreneurialism, while NCAR provides access to the talent, facilities and equipment on campus, including an innovative wet-lab space for entrepreneurs. These entities work in partnership to serve as an entry point for industry and entrepreneurs desiring to work with the University, and they facilitate connection to the University’s wide array of business-related programs, resources, facilities, equipment and talent. The Innevation Center and NCAR are at the center of a strong, collaborative energy that has emerged in Nevada. Working closely with economic development officials at the regional and state level, their missions are supported by the Nevada Governor’s Office for Economic Development (GOED). The University’s Innovation Ecosystem demonstrates a successful partnership between academia, government and industry. It represents a melding of practical models and ideas that can be applied in similar settings and regions. Best of all, it is achieving results and tangibly contributing to the development of Nevada’s new knowledge-intensive economy. More than 50 companies are engaged with The Innevation Center and NCAR, including eight venture-funded startups and six faculty/student spin out companies – 75 jobs have been created with hundreds more projected as these businesses grow.

  • Dr. Ellen Purpus, Assistant Vice President for Enterprise and Innovation, University of Nevada, Reno

University of Alaska Center for Economic Development: Launch Alaska

Launch Alaska provides an intense training program, mentorship, and financing to help early-stage entrepreneurs create scalable ventures. Launch Alaska is modeled after highly regarded accelerators in the Lower 48 such as Techstars in Boulder, Colorado, which has been instrumental in launching high-profile successes such as Uber, the ride-sharing service. In its first year of operation, Launch Alaska acquired an SBA Accelerator Grant, funded 5 startups, ran a 3-month educational program, built a mentor network with over 40 mentors, helped 3 of its companies get follow-on funding, and funded operations for the next 3 years through a variety of DoD grants.

  • Margo Fliss, Lead Analyst, University of Alaska Center for Economic Development
  • Gretchen Fauske, Associate Director, University of Alaska Center for Economic Development
  • Nolan Klouda, Executive Director, University of Alaska Center for Economic Development

University of South Florida: USF Tampa Bay Technology Incubator

The University of South Florida (USF) Tampa Bay Technology Incubator (TBTI), founded in 2001, is a University-driven community partnership providing early stage technology companies with access to business services, world-class research faculty and students, critical research equipment, and a collaborative environment in which to incubate technology from an idea to commercialization in an effort to create financially stable, high-impact enterprises. USF TBTI supports both USF spinout companies and community startups through their early stage commercialization with facilities, access to costly scientific equipment, state of the art shared wet lab space, and—most importantly—its programming. Through partnerships with the University, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, Hillsborough County, and other organizations, USF TBTI is able to provide many growth opportunities for its clients. USF TBTI supports technology research as a catalyst for economic development and advocates the creation and development of facilities for high-technology companies and related support functions. The clients of the incubator include early stage technology companies in industries ranging from biotech to digital media. USF’s TBTI is currently home to over 73 resident and affiliate companies, with 50 percent of these companies directly coming from the USF’s TTO as spinouts. TBTI companies have created and retained 221 jobs with salaries averaging $77.7k. TBTI incubated companies have received over $129M in external funding to date.

  • Valerie McDevitt
  • Laurie Sullivan
  • Alissa Costabile

University-Led Public-Private Partnerships to Expand Advanced Manufacturing

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Universities play a key role in the economic prosperity of their region. This session will explore efforts to bring together academic, industry and government partners to grow regional advanced manufacturing clusters – sometimes involving multiple academic stakeholders. Presenters will describe the outreach involved in forming the regional partnership, what worked well, what didn’t, and the outcomes they achieved. Strategies for job creation, business development, and workforce development deployed will be covered. They will also share how this effort is being sustained in their communities and lessons learned during implementation. Industry sectors may include aerospace and defense, agricultural-based food processing, flooring, and automotive.


  • Deepak Bahl, Program Director, USC Center for Economic Development, University of Southern California


  • Chuck Shoopman, Assistant Vice President, Institute for Public Service, University of Tennessee
  • Ismael D. Herrera, Jr., Associate Director, Office of Community and Economic Development, California State University, Fresno
  • Joey Mak, Director of Economic Development & Innovation, Office of the Vice President for Economic Development & Innovation, University of Illinois
  • Dion Jackson, Program Director, USC Center for Economic Development, University of Southern California

Leveraging Data to Anticipate Emerging Needs

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Virginia Tech office of economic development leverages regionalized industry and occupation data, as well as program completions and workforce data to analyze the aviation and aerospace industry’s needs in Virginia. Localized data enabled Virginia Tech to recommend education and workforce initiatives to anticipate future growth and emerging needs within the industry.

  • John Provo, Ph.D., Director, Office of Economic Development, Virginia Tech
  • Tim McElroy, Senior Account Executive, EMSI
  • Elli Travis, Economic Development Specialist, Virginia Tech

10:30 – 10:45 am

Morning Break

Farell’s Lounge 

10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Break Out Sessions (4 concurrent)

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations: Innovation + Talent

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Interise: StreetWise ‘MBA’

Interise stimulates economic revitalization in low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities through job creation, wealth generation, and the fostering of community leadership by enabling established small business owners to further grow their businesses. Interise’s StreetWise ‘MBA’™ is a 27-week capacity-building program that provides a diverse group of small business owners with the business knowledge, management know-how, and network of relationships needed for second-stage growth.

Interise’s innovative scaling model is simple, and the delivery is unique for nonprofits in the economic development space. Rather than build a large national organization in the already overcrowded small business development field, Interise developed a network model to scale mission impact. Interise licenses the StreetWise ‘MBA’™ to partners who deliver it through their own locally branded programs. Interise provides the curriculum, training, quality assurance, and evaluation, enabling its range of partners to effectively and efficiently launch.

Thanks to the evaluation conducted since the inception of the StreetWise ‘MBA’™, Interise has a proprietary database of firm-level data collected annually from a network of over 5,000 small businesses. Interise’s longitudinal evaluation data reflects many trends pertaining to outcomes for all established small businesses, as well as LMI and minority-owned businesses. Future Interise research will identify explanatory factors and formulate recommendations for policymakers and philanthropic priorities that support economic development and the revitalization of LMI communities.

Since 2004, over 5,000 established small business owners in 85 locations have taken Interise’s StreetWise 'MBA'™ and have created over 30,000 jobs; 68% of Interise businesses are minority-owned and/or operate in LMI communities.

  • J. Jean Horstman, CEO, Interise

Western Governors University: WGU’s Responsible Borrowing Initiatives

Excessive student loan debt is a serious problem for students and the economy. To provide students with information that will help them understand the impact of their borrowing, Western Governors University (WGU) has launched its Responsible Borrowing Initiatives.

As part of the initiatives, WGU developed a modified version of the federal financial aid shopping sheet. WGU students who complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) receive a personalized “My Financial Aid Plan.” The plan provides each student with a breakout of tuition and fees for their chosen program of study as well as grants, scholarships, and student loan eligibility.

The plan recommends students only borrow unmet direct costs—tuition and fees minus grants and scholarships. Students may borrow more (up to annual and aggregate limits) or less than the recommended amount. This simple innovation is in stark contrast to other institutions in higher education, where it is common to tell students the maximum amount they're eligible to borrow—a focus on how much they can borrow rather than how little they should.

While students may borrow up to their eligible amount, two-thirds of students have chosen to borrow only the recommended amount. The result has been a significant reduction in student borrowing.

Since the initiatives, the average borrowing per student at WGU has decreased by $3,250 per year—a 41% reduction—which overall, has reduced student borrowing by more than $400 million at WGU. Debt at graduation for WGU undergraduate students is also decreasing each year.

  • Bob Collins, Vice President, Financial Aid, Western Governors University

Indiana University East: BOSS, Business Opportunities for Self-Starters

How do you get young high school students to want to study business and economics? Have them become a BOSS. The BOSS program is a 54 hour curriculum developed to teach high school students how to create a business plan. As students create their individual plans, they are inspired and encouraged to research a variety of areas of business such as possible locations, pricing of advertising and promotion, management and personel, manufacturing and many other important resources. Students are introduced to community leaders such as the Chamber of Commerce, Regional Economic Development, Small Business Development Corporation, financial institutions and insurance agencies. Students practice elevator speeches to promote their idea and they give a 'Shark Tank' type of presentation to a group of judges.

The BOSS program is administrated through the Center for Entrepreneurship. High school teachers are trained in a three day training program and they are able to teach the BOSS program and are assisted by the university faculty. Some regional high schools have utilized the BOSS program in their high school curriculum, and the BOSS program is also utilized as a summer camp for students. Instructors have shared that some students' GPAs have increased as a result of learning how to apply business research in the BOSS program. One example of a successful student business plan is the student from the BOSS program started his construction business and he now has 23 employees making between $16 - $32 an hour. The students is now 19 years old.

  • Tim Scales , Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, Center for Economic Education, Indiana University East

Leveraging Higher Education Resources to Serve and Strengthen Community Partnerships

Broadlind Ballroom

The University of Georgia’s Archway Partnership connects communities with higher education resources to address critical community identified economic needs and opportunities. This interactive workshop will share experiences from over a decade of sustained community-university partnerships in a dozen diverse communities throughout Georgia. The presenter will share a proven model for collaboration and decision-making in communities and best practices and case studies showing how the Archway Partnership supports locally-driven community and economic development efforts while also enhancing critical faculty research and providing students with experiential learning opportunities that enhance classroom instruction.

  • Rob Gordon, Director, UGA Archway Partnership

Two Models of Innovation: USC’s Innovation Center Clusters and New Jersey’s Aerospace & Defense Network

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Office of Economic Engagement – USC Innovation Center Clusters

The Office of Economic Engagement (OEE) at the University of South Carolina (USC) was designed to connect entrepreneurs and businesses with all the resources a state’s flagship research institution. Through the Innovation Center Cluster initiative, OEE has built academic and industry partnerships, facilitated the commercialization of cutting-edge research, connected new and existing businesses with university talent and resources, and fostered entrepreneurship and small business development. OEE combined three University offices: Office of Technology Commercialization, USC/Columbia Technology Incubator, and Innovista Research Campus. After combining these three offices, OEE became the single point of contact for innovation and economic development at USC.

  • Chad Hardaway, Associate Director, Office of Economic Engagement and Director, Technology Commercialization Office, University of South Carolina

United We Stand: The Evolving Aerospace and Defense Network in New Jersey

The US aerospace and defense industry is reigniting. A renewed political will for building military strength and the increased demand for affordable air travel have created the opportunity for economic development organizations to contribute in new a creative ways to the need for innovative relationships. Outsourcing research and development further down the supply chain and to universities and reshoring manufacturing has created the demand for industry to change the way that they do business with other sectors. Each state should reenvision the way that networks respond to this new need for connectivity between educators, government, military leadership and innovators, and industry clusters. How can your organization be the nexus for growth in this climate?

  • Ian Trammell, Executive Director, Economic & Cluster Development, NJII

Creating Neighborhood Developers for Economically Distressed Areas

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The University Center for Economic and Entrepreneurial Development at Southern University, Baton Rouge aims at expanding and revitalizing economic development in targeted regions in northeast and southeast Louisiana. The Center is engaging in targeted training, applied research, and a series of forums and conferences to create an enabling environment for business entrepreneurs, real estate investors, and problem-solvers to battle the issue of poverty, to create wealth, and to enhance neighborhood development in areas impacted by underinvestment and other socio-economic externalities. Specifically, we created a neighborhood developers program that trains individuals on how to acquire adjudicated properties within their neighborhoods and to develop a sustainable interconnected network or ecosystem to transform economics and cultural barriers.

  • Dr. Sung No, W.E. Tucker Endowed Professor, EDA University Center/Southern University and A&M College
  • Eric Porter, Managing Partner at ComNet, LLC

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Lunch & Keynote Address

Bixby Ballroom

Smart Manufacturing (SM): The business, technology, infrastructure, and workforce practice for next generation enterprise manufacturing

CESMII, the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute is the 9th Manufacturing USA Institute and is headquartered in Los Angeles. The CESMII vision is Smart Manufacturing (SM) is the ‘norm’ by 2030 and performance and productivity are increased within 10 years so that energy productivity is improved by 50 percent. SM is the business, technology, infrastructure, and workforce practice of optimizing manufacturing through the use of engineered systems that integrate operational technologies and information technologies (OT/IT). SM enables the right information and right technology to be available at the right time and in the right form to the right people, powering smart decision-making within factories and across entire value chains. A smart workforce will have shifted to knowledge and data management skills and interacts with machines synergistically. Automation and productivity drive new jobs, and new jobs are deployed in entirely different ways. The sustained business opportunity rests largely with innovation and disruption to realize significant untapped market opportunity and how fast current operational practice can change from facilities-centered and compartmentalized organizational structures of today to data centric structures.

    • Jim Davis, Vice Provost IT and CTO at UCLA, Co-founder of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition

1:45 – 3:00 pm

Break Out Sessions (3 concurrent)

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations: Talent + Place

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California State University, Northridge: MyPlate the Musical: A program to increase nutrition and physical activity knowledge and behavior in elementary schools to combat childhood obesity

'MyPlate! The New Food Guide Musical' is an interactive and unique intervention program performed by professional Broadway actors, university students, and children at elementary schools in underserved communities. Over the last three years, CSUN's Marilyn Magaram Center and the Fitness and Nutrition Initiative have collaborated to study the effectiveness of this program on children’s healthy eating and physical activity, with a focus on lowering childhood obesity and chronic disease. This national initiative has been implemented 95 times, reaching 9,500 participating students (and over 28,500 student viewers) and consists of a series of nutrition education classes in conjunction with physical activity in the form of rehearsals and performance of an original musical. Through CSUN collaboration pilot data were collected with over 1500 students and results indicated that students (actors and viewers) reported significantly higher physical activity and nutrition knowledge at posttest than pretest. Not surprisingly, actors had a significantly greater change from pretest to posttest than the viewers. At one school, 236 students completed a pretest and posttest prior to the intervention (control group), and then those same students completed another posttest after the intervention (treatment group). Thus, each student was his/her own control. The treatment group showed significantly greater change from pretest to posttest than the control group. Results suggested a fun and interactive intervention can be a great tool to increase children’s nutrition and physical activity knowledge. To ensure sustainability, a 'train-the-trainer' and 'peer-to-peer' model has been successfully implemented, and we continue to identify school personnel and local talent to ensure this program is effective and sustainable.

  • Annette Besnilian, EDD, MPH, RDN, FAND, Executive Director Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Helen Butleroff Leahy, RD, CDN, Director: The Nutrition and Fitness Education Initiative, Inc.

California State University, Northridge: 3 WINS Fitness

3 WINS Fitness is a university student delivered free exercise community-based program delivered in public parks and faith-based institutions. This program, sustained for six years, operates and thrives without external funding, can be a significant solution to reducing the level of physical inactivity in the United States, the 4th leading cause of death world-wide with over 5 million related deaths. The total economic burden of physical inactivity is estimated at $67.5 billion international dollars. Almost 80% of the United States population do not meet the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines. The operative '3 WINS' in our program are 1) participant health, (2) community health, and (3) student professional development. The focus has been underserved communities, beginning in one public park and expanding to our current eight programs in Los Angeles serving over 300 participants regularly. We have replicated the program in 3 additional Cal State Universities with 7 additional Cal State Universities coming soon. We are in the midst of an ambitious scaling of 10 new sites in underserved communities this Fall 2017. The accomplishment of talented undergraduate students having such a dynamic impact on public health underscores the need for encouraging this sustainable, replicable, and scalable innovative strategy to increase the physical activity levels of communities across America. Summary: 3 WINS Fitness is a sustainable and scalable free exercise program serving over 300 participants built and delivered by undergraduate kinesiology students to address physical inactivity, the 4th leading cause of death with a world-wide economic burden of $67.5 international dollars.

  • Steven Loy, Ph.D.,Department of Kinesiology, California State University, Northridge

University of Alaska: Fisheries, Seafood and Maritime Initiative - Maritime Works

The University of Alaska (UA) Fisheries, Seafood and Maritime Initiative (FSMI) established and facilitated a collaborative to develop a systemic plan addressing workforce shortages in the largest industry sector in Alaska that includes fisheries and harvesting, seafood processing, marine research, ship building and marine services. Originally created as a 'halo' program for UA, the FSMI framework for workforce development demonstrates a platform that provides for adaptable leadership and the flexibility to be applicable to single or multiple industry sector occupations simultaneously. This multi-year project resulted in the Alaska Maritime Workforce Development plan and launched Maritime Works, an industry-led working group that drives talent development through prioritized initiatives supporting the economic drivers of coastal communities throughout Alaska. The resulting work has created coordination and expansion of UA community campus programing, with state and regional training centers, to address entry-level and professional development training and education aligned with the highest priorities of our industry partners.

  • Fred Villa, Associate Vice President for Workforce Programs, University of Alaska Statewide Academic and Student Affairs
  • Doug Ward, Director of Development, Vigor Alaska Shipyard

Northern Illinois University: NIU Engineering at RVC

Rockford, Illinois is a global center of excellence in advanced manufacturing, particularly in aerospace. This critical sector of the economy is threatened by a looming shortage of engineering talent. In collaboration with industry partners and the local community college, Northern Illinois University (NIU) created a community-based, industry-integrated workforce development solution to address the demand for engineers. Rockford area students can now earn bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering and applied manufacturing technology without traveling to NIU's main campus in DeKalb. Third and fourth year NIU courses are taught by NIU professors on the Rock Valley (Community) College (RVC) campus. Students have paid internships with area companies and are mentored by local NIU and RVC alumni. In recognition of the importance of this initiative, local industry partners launched the 'Engineering our Future' fundraising campaign and raised $6 million in 9 months to support the program. The president of the lead donor company, Woodward, continues to host weekly Monday morning meetings with the higher education, industry and community leadership team to ensure the successful operation and growth of the program. The goal of the program is to facilitate a seamless transition from high school to RVC to NIU to career, developing and retaining local talent. Since its launch in Fall 2016, more than 30 students are in the third and fourth year NIU courses at RVC and the pipeline of students in pre-engineering courses at RVC has tripled, ensuring a healthy pipeline of students for growth of the program.

  • Rena Cotsones, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development

Pathways to Success through Career Education

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Over the past seventy-seven years, the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) served as educator to more than three million students. Affordable, accessible and practical, the LACCD offers opportunity to all. Its doors are wide open for a diverse student population eager for skills, knowledge and upward mobility. LACCD educates almost three times as many Latino students and nearly four times as many African-American students as all of the University of California campuses combined. Eighty percent of LACCD students are from underserved populations. The vision of the LACCD, which is the largest community college district in the United States with nine campuses, is to strive to become a national leader in student success by providing high quality, accessible, educational opportunities across the greater Los Angeles area that change students’ lives, enrich the area’s many diverse cultures, and strengthen the regional economy. The District will do so by continuing to provide a culture of continuous improvement and by closing persistent equity gaps. During this session, learn about the strategies and examine the impactful programs being implemented by the LACCD to achieve its mission and vision.

  • Adrian M. Banuelos, Professor, Automotive Technology, East Los Angeles College
  • Scott Callihan, Registered Architect, Associate Professor, Architecture & Design, CTE Co-Chair, Los Angeles Harbor College
  • Adriene “Alex” Davis, Ed.D., Academic Affairs Instructional Dean,Office of Economic Development and Workforce Education, Los Angeles City College
  • Israel Fonseca, M.P.A., R.T. (R), CRT(R), Program Director and Department Chair for the Radiologic Technology Program, Los Angeles City College
  • Rick Hodge, Dean of Workforce Development/CTE, Los Angeles Southwest College
  • Lucia F. Robles, J.D., M.A., Dean of CTE/Workforce Development, Los Angeles Community College District
  • Rudy Triviso, Professor, Aviation Mechanics, West Los Angeles College
  • Marla Uliana, Dean, Career Technical Education & Workforce Development, Los Angeles Mission College
  • Tom Vessella, Dean of Career and Technical Education, Los Angeles Pierce College
  • Dr. Marcia Wilson, Dean, Pathway Innovation and Institutional Effectiveness, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATTC)

Building Innovation Ecosystems from the Inside Out: Lessons from 50 Universities

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Your institution, and the community or region you serve, have all the components needed to design a vibrant innovation ecosystem. You won’t be able to replicate Silicon Valley, the Research Triangle, or Austin, Texas; you will, however, be able to design an innovation ecosystem that is completely unique. In this workshop, you’ll hear from “Ecosystem Designers” doing remarkable work. You’ll also participate in a simulation that walks you through the steps of designing your own innovation ecosystem, from identifying your institution’s and region’s “hidden” innovation assets, to how you can activate that ecosystem, and nurture its growth..

  • Liz Nilsen, Senior Program Director, Purdue Agile Strategy Lab
  • Bonnie Bachman, Professor of Economics and Faculty Fellow for Innovation, Missouri University of Science & Technology
  • Tom O'Donnell, Senior Director, Innovation Initiatives and Director, Innovation Hub – Lowell & Haverhill

3:00 – 3:15 pm

Afternoon Break

Farell’s Lounge

3:15 – 4:30 pm

Break Out Sessions (3 concurrent)

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations: Talent

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California State University, Long Beach: Community Scholars

Community Scholars is a program at California State Univeristy, Long Beach in which College of Business Administration students mentor inner-city public high school sophomores identified by counselors as having college potential but are at risk of dropping out of school. The purpose is to help the students understand that if they make the effort, going to college is possible. But the students must begin now because if they wait until they are seniors, or after graduation, they might not meet college entrance requirements. CBA students create workshops focused on college readiness topics and present them at the high school. The students are also brought to the university campus to experience a day in the life of a college student. Community Scholars is a partnership between the Student Center for Professional Development (SCPD) and Jordan High School, a large inner-city school. In 1999, Jordan counselors realized their sophomores did not have a real understanding of college or what it entailed, nor were students clear on the benefits of a college education. Statistics indicate that most students decide in their sophomore year whether to attend college. In the 2016/2017 academic year, the program was extended to a second large inner-city high school, Long Beach Polytechnic. This expansion has been successful. Community Scholars persuades high school students that college is attainable, affordable and worth the effort. Over the years, hundreds of participating high school sophomores have gone on to graduate and meet the minimum admission requirements for the UC and CSU systems.

  • Howard Fletcher, Director, Student Center for Professional Development
  • Michael Solt, Dean, California State University, Long Beach

Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education: Gap Analysis Reporting

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (“State System”) serves over 105,000 students, making it the largest provider of higher education in Pennsylvania. It comprises 14 universities and several university centers that support a wide range of postsecondary education programs that are the foundation of economic development in the Keystone State. Higher education in the United States has historically operated under a supply-driven model, wherein learners seek out programs and degrees offered by the institution regardless of business need. The State System’s Gap Analysis project was undertaken in order to better align programs and to identify opportunities for universities and learner success. This original research, first conducted in 2016, aligned business needs (demand) with university graduates (supply) to provide students and universities with the ability to make demand-driven decisions. The Gap Analysis is a part of the larger Workforce Intelligence Toolkit that is meant to help the System’s universities increase their impact on the commonwealth’s economy and be better regional stewards. The Gap Analysis project contributes to a new environment of data-driven decision making in the formation of new academic programs. The project incorporated multiple unique elements, including and a sophisticated methodology and an algorithm linking talent supply (from Pennsylvania’s 400 postsecondary institutions) and demand (from the state’s 360,000 employers). The innovative components and the resulting data and reports (43 were produced) are ultimately the result of embracing data-driven decision making in the State System with the primary goal of closing information gaps facing students, parents, faculty, and University administration.

  • Dr. Sue Mukherjee, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Educational Intelligence, PASSHE

California State University, Long Beach: The Long Beach College Promise

The Long Beach College Promise (The Promise) extends the promise of a college education to every student in the Long Beach Unified School District to create a more vibrant community. This innovative and award-winning initiative is transforming the lives of students and the city’s economic future by placing higher education within reach for all. The Promise aims to fulfill the academic potential of all youth by offering guidance and continuous support along every step of the student experience, from pre-K through college and onto career and life. Fueling The Promise is a dynamic partnership between the Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach City College, California State University, Long Beach and the City of Long Beach. The Promise creates a culture of college expectation and supports students from cradle to career. In providing universal access to early education, mandatory college tours in the 4th and 5th grades, internships, a tuition-free year at city college and guaranteed admission to CSULB, The Promise increases college readiness and improves graduation rates among Long Beach youth. A 2016 Economic Development Blueprint recognized the importance of expanding job opportunity in key industry clusters in Long Beach. The Promise re-tools curriculum and aligns entrepreneurial training with high needs sectors and citywide priorities. The Promise powers California’s economy by raising the adult educational attainment rate in the entire Southern California region. Simply stated, The Long Beach College Promise is a promise of a college education for every Long Beach youth. This is visionary.

  • Jane Close Conoley, President, California State University, Long Beach
  • Chris Steinhauser, Superintendent, Long Beach Unified School District

Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development- EDA University Center for Regional Economic Innovation (REI): Women Who Weld

In 2011 with support from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) the Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development initiated a five year EDA University Center for Regional Economic Innovation (REI). An EDA University Center unlike any other in the country, a highly networked knowledge sharing hub charged with building a unique ecosystem to leverage Michigan’s higher education assets in the support of the co-creation, co-application, and dissemination of innovative economic development strategies to yield high¬ growth entrepreneurship, job creation and economic innovation throughout Michigan. At the heart of the REI University Center is a responsive network of over 1,000 public and private sector participants and organizations engaged in strategic partnerships and collaborative learning to identify, develop and implement new strategies to improve Michigan’s economy. The REI University Center has triggered into motion a widespread entrepreneurial behavior and more pervasive new-economy mindset in Michigan, setting a course of sustained world-class competition in the global marketplace. In 2014 the Women Who Weld program was born out of REI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, based in Detroit, designed to teach unemployed and underemployed women to weld and help them to find employment in the welding industry. WWW received support from REI in a variety of ways. This project is exemplary of higher education institutions partnerships and how they should support and behave on local workforce development initiatives in distressed communities.

  • Samantha Farr, Founder & Instructor, Women Who Weld

Defining and Advancing Social Enterprise in Michigan's Legacy Cities

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Changes in the global economy have left former manufacturing hubs grasping for strategies to provide economic opportunity for residents—and in some cases like in Flint, Michigan, basic public services. Michigan is home to eight legacy cities, a unique position relative to most other states. A Social Enterprise approach to providing economic opportunities for residents presents a new prospect for economic developers to engage with urban communities through sustainable business practices that address pressing issues. This presentation will provide a working definition of social enterprise, Michigan case studies, and recommendations for economic developers.

    • Jason Ball, Director of Community Capacity Building, SIPI, Inc.
    • Steve Wolbert, CEO and Director of Network & Opportunity, SIPI, Inc.

Maximizing Growth through Cluster-Oriented Incubators and Accelerators: A Focus on Inclusivity

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Across the U.S., incubators and accelerators are proliferating as a popular strategy to support entrepreneurship and drive economic growth. Yet despite this, research by ICIC shows that incubators and accelerators can do more to maximize their impact on inclusive economic growth by (1) being inclusive of underrepresented entrepreneurs and (2) supporting entrepreneurs within their region's strong economic clusters. ICIC’s research, supported by JPMorgan Chase, will ground the discussion focused on effective strategies to maximize incubator/accelerator impact. Attendees will also gain a practical perspective from two incubator/accelerator leaders who will share their innovative approaches and lessons learned supporting underrepresented entrepreneurs and connecting to their region's strong and emerging clusters.

  • Georgette Bhathena (moderator), Northern California Relationship Manager, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • H. Puentes, Director, CONNECT ALL
  • Estelle Reyes, Director of Community Engagement, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
  • Kathleen O'Shea, Senior Research Analyst, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)

5:00 – 6:30 pm

UEDA Networking Reception – A Taste of California

 111 Pool + Lounge


Local Dine-Arounds

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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7:00 – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

Farell’s Lounge

7:15 – 8:15 am

Beyond the Foundations: Exploring Indicators, Metrics, and Measurement

Bixby Ballroom

  • Dr. Susan Sciame-Giesecke, Chancellor, Indiana University Kokomo and UEDA Board Member
  • Dr. Ashish Vaidya, Interim President, St. Cloud State University, MN and UEDA Board Member
  • David Gard, Assistant Vice President for Economic Development, Indiana University

8:15 – 9:00 am

UEDA’s Name & Brand…Is It Time to Reinvent?

Bixby Ballroom

  • Tim Hindes, UEDA Executive Director

9:15 – 10:30 am

Break Out Sessions (3 concurrent)

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations: Innovation

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New Jersey Innovation Institute: New Jersey Innovation Institute

In 2014, the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) was formed as an NJIT corporation to act as the organizational centerpiece of the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) economic and technology development mission. NJII’s unique design and program scaffold serves as an agile, market-facing interface designed to transform intellectual capital into commercial success. Whether it’s working to solve the grand challenges shared across an entire sector or helping a single company find an innovative way to pursue a new product or market opportunity, NJII brings world-class intellectual and technological resources to bear.

NJII catalyzes industry, government, and university partnerships across New Jersey institutions and geographies. NJII’s organizational strategy hosts Innovation Labs (iLabs) to serve market verticals and Core Labs to provide cross-cutting capabilities serving all sectors. This approach includes other universities joining with NJII to address challenges using both team science and “solutions” perspectives. NJII engages industry from concept to market and brings strong capabilities to accelerate cluster and ecosystem development. NJII i-Labs overlay industrial sectors: health care systems, biotechnology and pharmaceutical production, defense and homeland security, civil infrastructure, and financial services. NJII coreLab capabilities include: data analytics, economic and cluster development, and technology and enterprise development.

The latter core Lab operates the Enterprise Development Center (EDC), which is the largest technology and life science incubator in the state of New Jersey. Since its inception, NJII’s annual expenditures doubled to $60M per year while decreasing its need for institutional funds, which account for less than 5% of that annual total.

  • Timothy Franklin, Ph.D., Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, New Jersey Innovation Institute

University of Georgia: Innovation Gateway

Discoveries at U.S. universities help fuel the innovation pipeline and ignite the imaginations of our future advanced workforce. Top-flight research universities are key to America’s long-term success in the global innovation economy. University technology commercialization and industry engagement practices must evolve to fit the changing innovation and commercialization landscape. In March 2015, Innovation Gateway at the University of Georgia (UGA) was launched to maximize the impact of UGA research discoveries and foster economic development through industry partnerships and new venture formation. It serves as the central hub for innovation commercialization on campus, where faculty, students, entrepreneurs, industry partners, and economic developers work collaboratively to foster entrepreneurship and commercialization. It integrates and consolidates UGA’s technology transfer and startup programs, and identifies and implements the most efficient and effective pathways for moving technologies into the marketplace. This cohesive, multifaceted approach aligns resources and people within the university, community, and region to leverage opportunities that promote economic development and translate discoveries into new products, services, and companies.

Over the past two years, Innovation Gateway has facilitated a significant increase in commercialization activity, including a more than 30 percent increase in both invention disclosures and licensing revenue, a 40 percent increase in projects in the startup pipeline, and the successful launch of 17 new startups. It also led UGA’s efforts to win a $500,000 NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site grant and a $500,000 i6 Challenge grant from the Department of Commerce, which provide additional resources to expand the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

  • Derek Eberhart, PhD, Director, Innovation Gateway, The University of Georgia
  • Ian Biggs, Senior Associate Director of Startups, Innovation Gateway, The University of Georgia

California State University, Long Beach: Innovation Challenge

The Innovation Challenge is dedicated to developing and inspiring a robust spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation at California State University Long Beach, giving students from throughout the university a unique opportunity to develop the skills needed to launch a new business, and expanding CSULB's reach as a provider of entrepreneurial education. Each year, students are invited to form teams, attend educational workshops, and work with a mentor to take their business ideas from concept to reality. Four finalist teams are selected, and invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges, with the top team taking away up to $50,000 in funding and services to launch their startup. Since its establishment in 2011, the Innovation Challenge has extended entrepreneurial knowledge to hundreds and supported creation of eight new businesses.

  • Forouzan Golshani, Dean, CSULB College of Engineering
  • Shahab Taherian, Faculty, CSULB Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Donald Truong, Student, CSULB Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Lehigh University: Lehigh-KEEN Initiative

The Lehigh-KEEN (Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network) initiativeis a comprehensive multi-phased initiative to revolutionize engineering education by integrating 1) entrepreneurial mindset learning (EML), with 2) engineering skillset development, within 3) our entrepreneurial education ecosystem. KEEN focuses on student development of the many KEEN C's including reawakening Creative Curiosity, seeking Collaborative Connections, and Creating personal, business and social value. In this partnership Lehigh faculty are still responsible for 1) engineering skillset development including the ability to Model, Make and Measure engineering systems and components, and 2) the innovation education ecosystem, including resources, habitat and culture to allow entrepreneurship education to flourish.

In this three-year partnership the objectives include 1) training 100% of the Lehigh undergraduate engineering teaching faculty, 75 in total, in the pedagogy of active collaborative entrepreneurial mindset learning, 2) developing and implementing at least one EML module in every undergraduate engineering core course to enhance skillset development, 3) building progressive engagement in EML in all courses from 1st year projects to capstone design, and 4) engaging 100% of all engineering undergraduates in EML.

To date 15 faculty in cohort 1 (year 1), and 30 in cohort 2 (year) have been initiated in EML techniques. An additional 30 will be added in 2018. Faculty represent 10 engineering majors, 4 interdisciplinary degrees, and first-year engineering. Faculty have formed implementation teams that are following the change methodology of Strategic Doing. Deliverables have included EML modules, curriculum and key topic maps, and an implementation matrix including anticipated levels of integration and student performance taxonomies.

  • John B. Ochs, Professor, Lehigh University

Catalyst: A University's Innovation Ecosystem Takes Hold in Nevada

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The University of Nevada, Reno is one of the cornerstones of the dramatic economic turnaround happening in Nevada. The University’s innovation ecosystem is facilitating commercialization, entrepreneurialism, regional collaboration and faculty competitiveness – and doing so in a unique way. It is anchored by The Innevation Center University of Nevada, Reno, spurring ideation and entrepreneurialism, and the University’s Nevada Center for Applied Research, providing access to the talent, facilities and equipment on campus, including an innovative wet-lab space for entrepreneurs. In this presentation, university leaders and an economic-development official share how this ecosystem is achieving results for the New Nevada economy.

  • Ellen Purpus, Assistant Vice President Enterprise & Innovation, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Carlos Cardillo, PhD, Director, Nevada Center for Applied Research, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Cory Hunt, Northern Regional Director, Nevada Governor’s Office for Economic Development

Cultivating Talent: Collaborating with Industry to Identify Key Occupational Talents and Competencies

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Many industries have a set of skills standards and accompanying job titles with codes on O-Net ( which can be used in writing grant proposals as well as industry training, skills assessment, and job placement. Within these industry listings are particular job titles and specific items about those jobs including daily tasks, necessary skills, education, etc. The grape and wine industry does not have such a listing. Five 5 years ago VESTA endeavored to create this list and extensive drill-down information. Industries related to emerging technologies need to undergo this process. VESTA will discuss the steps to accomplish the task.

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

10:30 – 10:45 am

Morning Break

Farell’s Lounge

10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Break Out Sessions (3 concurrent)

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations: Place

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University of Tennessee: Asset Based Planning in Rural Tennessee Counties

In early 2016, the UT Center for Industrial Services (UTCIS) and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development began discussing how to implement an Asset Based Planning Program in 23 rural, distressed counties located across the state. The purpose of the program was to help participating counties identify 2-3 economic development projects that build on community assets and could be implemented within a twelve-month period. To help counties identify projects, UTCIS developed and conducted asset based planning meetings in 23 communities over a three-month period. Each meeting involved up to 40 community representatives. The program has several unique factors, including: (1) development of a network of university agencies and development districts that provide the reach, capacity, and reputation to quickly ramp up and deliver a statewide program; (2) ongoing technical assistance effort involving TNECD, Development Districts and UTCIS to assist counties throughout the process, revisit existing plans, update goals, and evaluate results; (3) close integration with other regional and state funding and technical assistance efforts; and (4) an emphasis on positive actions that build on community assets and strengths. Results include: (1) 23 completed asset based plans and reports that identify key themes, community assets, and actions; (2) Identification of approximately 50 short-term projects addressing site development, tourism, retail development, workforce, and other topics; (3) TNECD grants and other funding to help counties implement projects; (4) More visible University role in rural development; (5) Statewide network, approach and process to to assist with project implementation, plan revisions and evaluation; (6) Continuation of the program with an additional 20 counties in 2017 and follow-up activities with the first 23 counties; and (7) By focusing on community strengths, the project has fostered a more positive planning environment. Rather than conversations about shortcomings and problems, communities are discussing what can quickly be done to capitalize on existing strengths.

  • Dr. Paul Jennings, Executive Director, University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services
  • Beth Phillips, Economic Development Programs Manager, University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services

University of Georgia: Archway Partnership

The Archway Partnership connects communities with higher education resources to address community identified needs. As a unit of Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia (UGA), the Archway Partnership was created to enhance UGA’s land-grant mission of teaching, research, and service while addressing critical self-identified community issues in geographically dispersed locations. Founded on the principles of collaboration and knowledge-based decision making, the Archway Partnership empowers communities to address long-standing community and economic development needs. In each community, a dedicated faculty member works locally with an executive committee of stakeholders to set priorities around complex identified needs and issues. As issues are identified, work groups comprised of interested community members are formed to create and implement a work plan that addresses the specific issues. Community projects have addressed infrastructure needs for growth and business recruitment, workforce development, leadership, tourism, downtown revitalization, and other economic development needs. The faculty member facilitates the work of the executive committee and issue work groups and connects them to appropriate higher education resources that can assist in addressing identified challenges. By connecting communities with higher education resources, the Archway Partnership supports faculty research and enhances student instruction by providing real-world learning opportunities and directly linking faculty and students to priority community needs. Unlike any other model that exists in the higher education arena, the Archway Partnership has a sustained record of success. In its first community alone, for example, the efforts have contributed to an estimated $227 million economic impact over the past decade.

Selkirk College: Regional Workforce Development in Rural British Columbia, Canada

Recognizing that rural regions are emerging as the vital relational asset for distilling learning-based competitive advantage, the Rural Development Institute (RDI) at Selkirk College envisioned the Regional Workforce Development in Rural BC project in 2015. Awarded $240,000 in federal funding – leveraging an additional $500,000 in partner contributions, the initiative has been advancing workforce innovation in regional economic development by drawing on learnings from Purdue University’s WIRED initiative, including Strategic Doing. Operating at the nexus of talent, place and innovation, Strategic Doing, developed by Purdue University’s Agile Strategy Lab, continues to advance Selkirk College’s strategic goal of expanding its impact on community development and innovation. Strategic Doing uses guided conversations to mobilize the assets of the people in the room by envisioning what could we do?, what should we do?, and what will we do together? It is a new strategy discipline that is low cost, replicable, scalable and innovative. As a Strategic Doing anchor institution, Selkirk College is advancing a ‘talent-focused’ dimension through the provision of Strategic Doing training and workshop facilitation delivery that is grounded in a learning regions approach. A ‘place-empowered’ dimension uses Strategic Doing to move communities to strategic action by linking and leveraging place-based assets. Applied research designed to test best practices in rural development uses Strategic Doing to advance an ‘innovation inspired’ dimension. In less than 2 years, the RDI at Selkirk College has trained 410 highly qualified personnel to use Strategic Doing to co-construct 42 Pathfinder Projects, over 50% of which are now complete.

  • Dr. Terri MacDonald, Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development, Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute, Selkirk College
  • Theresa Southam, Coordinator, Teaching and Learning Institute, Selkirk College
  • Andrea Wilkey, Executive Director, Community Futures of Central Kootenay

The University of Georgia: A Tale of Two Cities: How Sea Grant Helped Tybee Island and St. Marys to Save Money While Saving Lives

Low-lying communities in coastal Georgia are experiencing increased vulnerability to flooding events due to higher storm surges, heavy rainfall, antiquated stormwater infrastructure, and continued development within flood-prone areas. These events have resulted in the loss of property, health, safety, disruption of commerce and governmental services, and huge public expenditures and impairment of the tax base. The Cities of Tybee Island and St. Marys, recognized as major economic drivers of coastal tourism in Georgia, are particularly vulnerable to flooding. To address the impacts of coastal hazards, help communities in sustainable coastal development, and build a cohesive network of coastal leaders, Georgia Sea Grant collaborated with the Tybee Island to develop an award-winning Sea-Level Adaptation Plan. Extension professionals partnered with researchers to canvass a variety of stakeholders, generate cost-benefit analysis, model the impacts of king tides, and facilitate public information meetings. Participatory research, driven by stakeholder engagement, resulted in tangible savings. As a result of Sea Grant’s efforts, Tybee Island achieved CRS (Community Rating System) rating of 5, enabling savings of $725,639 annually in flood insurance premiums for property owners on the island. Inspired by the success of Tybee Island Sea-Level Rise Initiative, St. Marys collaborated with Georgia Sea Grant to implement a new Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, and entered the CRS at a level of 7, resulting in citywide savings of $87,740 annually in flood insurance premiums. To date, Georgia Sea Grant has helped 16 coastal counties and cities in Georgia to become active participants in the CRS.

Entrepreneurial Mindset Development: What It Is and Why It Is Important?

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A significant opportunity exists in developing an entrepreneurial mindset in university students and faculty, beginning in the freshman year. One innovative approach is the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN). KEEN, an initiative of the Kern Family Foundation, is a collaboration of approximately 30 colleges and universities dedicated to developing an entrepreneurial mindset in engineering students. The root of the entrepreneurial mindset that KEEN seeks to instill in engineers is summed up by KEEN's '3Cs,' curiosity, connections, and creating value.

  • John Ochs, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University
  • William Michalerya, MEngr, MBA, PE, College of Engineering Director of Federal Research Engagement and past UEDA President
  • Matthew Bilsky, PhD., Post Doc Research Associate, Innovator and Entrepreneur

Building an Equitable and Inclusive Ecosystem for Second-Stage Businesses

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In this session, participants will explore the elements of an equitable and inclusive ecosystem for second-stage businesses as informed by Interise’s thirteen years of experience with supporting business owners in transitioning to and growing as second-stage businesses. Participants will identify how this ecosystem differs from the entrepreneurial ecosystem, as well as the leverage points within it that foster job creation, wealth generation and equity, and sustainable business growth. Participants will explore the role of capacity building in catalyzing the development and health of this eco-system. Participants will be provided with the tools for analyzing their local and regional context, and identifying its gaps.

  • Jean Horstman, CEO, Interise

12:00 – 12:30 pm

12:30 – 1:15

1:15 – 2:30


Bixby Ballroom

Keynote Address: The CSU5 - Supporting Business, Economic and Community Development in Greater Los Angeles

Bixby Ballroom

By joining forces, the five California State University campuses in Los Angeles County – the CSU5 – we have developed a mechanism for working across institutional lines to provide enhanced educational and research opportunities in the Greater Los Angeles area. Together, we have created a new approach that gives businesses greater access to university resources and empowers community development. In doing this, we have increased institutional agility, responsiveness and capacity for innovation, all of which provides a competitive advantage for major grants and undertaking regional initiatives. In this session with several of the CSU5 campus presidents, we will explore in what ways the CSU5 is a catalyst for new models and standards for how higher education can and should play a significant role in economic and community development.

In Person Participants:

  • Dr. Jane Conoley, President, California State University, Long Beach
  • Dr. Dianne F. Harrison, President, California State University, Northridge
  • Michael H. Kelly, (moderator), Executive Director, The Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy & Jobs

Video Participants:

  • Soraya M. Coley, Ph.D., President, Cal Poly Pomona
  • Jane C. Conoley, Ph.D., President, California State University, Long Beach
  • William A. Covino, Ph.D., President, Cal State LA
  • Willie J. Hagan, Ph.D., President, California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Dianne F. Harrison, Ph.D., President, California State University, Northridge

Annual Business Meeting

Bixby Ballroom

2:30 – 2:45 pm

Afternoon Break

Farell’s Lounge

2:45 – 4:00 pm

The Story Teller's Greatest Secret

Bixby Ballroom

There was a time when University funding seemed to flourish. It was a magical time when students and related funding were attracted in nearly equal measure. In warmhearted hindsight, this simpler time was known as the status quo.

This status quo is being destroyed by a brutal enemy that has materialized on university campuses, and is sweeping through the communities they serve, affecting corporate, government and academic institutions alike. The enemy is “change,” and it has revealed itself on the economic landscape with many faces - technological, demographic and cultural. Though some change is positive, it is nonetheless altering the very effectiveness of institutional operations more than any time in history.

Fortunately, an unexpected hero has emerged. This hero has the power to embrace change, and transform any academic institution into a center for innovation that catalyzes community-wide sources of economic growth. This hero is “the story,” with a universal connecting power that communicates unique value, informs action, and influences change.

A university’s ability to understand and communicate its story - to embrace potential partners - is critical to delivering profound positive value to the broader communities they serve. In “The Storytellers Greatest Secret,” you will learn how the power of storytelling can transform your institution into a powerhouse of economic development.

This presentation is an exciting journey of words, images and video that will demonstrate the methodology used to create the world’s most memorable and effective stories, and how that structure can be harnessed to build your own all-important story. It explores the cultural, technological, economic and demographic change brought about by great stories, and even examines the storytelling structure of some of Hollywood’s most legendary films. By the end of this presentation, you’ll understand how to attract interest and initiate action in ways you may have never thought possible.

    • Tom White, Executive Director, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

6:00 – 6:30 pm

Wine Reception

Farell's Lounge

Join us for wine service before our final Awards Banquet event

6:30 pm

UEDA Awards of Excellence Banquet

Bixby Ballroom

The 2017 Annual Summit adjourns at the conclusion of the 2017 Awards of Excellence presentation

Wednesday, October 4, 2017



8:30 – 10:00 am

UEDA Board of Directors Meeting - Open to the Public

Broadlind Ballroom

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

10:00 – 10:15 am


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