The University Economic Development Association connects our members—higher education institutions, private sector businesses, and economic development organizations—to resources that facilitate economic growth in their communities.
UEDA members represent those on the cutting-edge of modern economic development. The 21st-century economy has evolved into an entity that behaves much differently from its predecessors. Attracting established industry into your town is no longer a reliable route to prosperity.
Success in our modern economy is about innovation and entrepreneurship. It is about fostering talent in young people from preschool through life to embolden them to think and create outside the traditional academic or professional requirements. It is about creating environments that attract those people who want to make and do things in new ways and retains that talent to start the process over again in the next generation.
Never before have academia, the private sector, and economic stakeholders been so reliant on one another to create economic opportunity. UEDA members work together to expand economic opportunity in their communities and regions by leveraging talent, innovation and place, and recognizing the interconnectedness of each of these elements.
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – August 2, 2018 – The 2018 UEDA Awards of Excellence finalists have been chosen following an extremely close competition this year. Higher education institutions and organizations across North America submit nominations annually for innovative programs that focus on developing economic prosperity in their communities and beyond. A panel of university and economic development professionals have chosen 24 finalists from the group of nominated projects.
University Economic Development Association seeks nominations for 2018 Awards of Excellence PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – March 29, 2018 - The University Economic Development Association (UEDA) is currently seeking nominations for its annual Awards of Excellence...
National Innovation and Economic Prosperity Designation Program Now Open to All Universities WASHINGTON, DC— The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and University Economic Development Association (UEDA) today announced a partnership to provide...
UEDA Upcoming Events
Join thought leaders from across the country to share ideas and best practices in higher education economic engagement. This opportunity for learning from our expert presenters, face-to-face networking, and collaboration among our sector is a not-to-be-missed event.
ENGAGE at the Summit
Examine the cutting-edge practices of colleagues as they compete for Awards of Excellence–you judge the best of the best.
Build a learning network of colleagues to identify opportunities, develop partnerships, and ultimately tailor and apply best practices to their respective communities and organizations.
Share success stories and lessons learned with economic development professionals from centers, organizations, colleges, and universities throughout North America.
Gain the latest strategic insights on the ever-changing and vital roles of colleges and universities in local, regional, national, and international
The UEDA Summit brings together national experts in leveraging college and university resources for greater economic development and community impact. These domain experts work within higher education, the private sector, economic development organizations, government agencies, and research centers.
- College and University Presidents
- Deans, Provosts, & Outreach Officers
- EDA Center Directors
- External & Government Affairs Administrators
- Innovation, Commercialization & Technology Transfer Directors
- Officials from Higher Education System Offices
- Economic Developers
- Economic Development Consultants
- Market Development Specialists
- Federal Agency Program Directors
- State and Federal Grant Administrators
- Manufacturing Extension Partnership Directors
- Workforce Development Directors
- Small Business Development Centers
“Today, it’s more important than ever to connect with organizations that help us deliver on our mission of excellence and outreach. UEDA membership provides UW System campuses with access to best-in-class practice and thought leadership. That’s the value UEDA delivers – consistently.”
David Brukardt, Associate Vice President, University of Wisconsin System
When you join UEDA, every individual within your organization enjoys the benefits of being a member. Memberships are organized by branch campus and structured based on the Carnegie Classifications system. Each organization, has only one voting affiliate individual, which we call an Ambassador.
The Awards of Excellence are given in recognition of outstanding economic development initiatives, research, or accomplishments. Proposals are submitted to the Awards of Excellence committee who choose the finalists. The finalists then present their projects at the Annual Summit, where attendees choose category leaders.
Each year, higher education institutions and their affiliates compete for our prestigious Awards of Excellence, which recognize outstanding, leading-edge higher education projects and initiatives promoting economic development and engagement.
The Foundations publication is meant to inspire institutions to reinvent the relevant college or university for the 21st century and to think more comprehensively about how economic development and engagement activities connect to each other and to an institution’s core mission activities.