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Get full access to UEDA’s network and resources to help establish your institution of higher education as a driver of economic development in your community.

UEDA SUMMIT

Join thought leaders from across the country to share ideas and best practices in higher education economic engagement.

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.

Our Network is the Leading Idea Generator for High Ed. Economic Engagement.

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UEDA’s focus on talent, our economy’s human capital, encourages higher education to take a more cradle-to-grave approach in identifying and fostering students at all levels so they grow to be contributors to and leaders of further economic growth.

 

 

UEDA members are committed to encouraging innovation, creative problem solving, and entrepreneurship to encourage similar economic opportunities in their communities.

 

 

UEDA encourages institutions to be active members and contribute to vibrant communities where people want to live and work to lay a strong foundation for ongoing economic success.

 

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UEDA Selects Finalists for 2018 Awards of Excellence

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.

UEDA Upcoming Events

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UEDA Summit 2019 @ Whitney Peak Hotel
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm – Oct 2 @ 10:00 am

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
economic development.

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

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“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

Join UEDA

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.

Awards of Excellence

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.

UEDA Summit

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.

Foundations for Strategy and Practice

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.