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2022 Finalists Announced
Congratulations to the 2022 UEDA Awards of Excellence Finalists. Leading initiatives from across North America compete in a six-month process, including application, peer review, online presentations, and, ultimately, selection by attendees of the annual UEDA Summit as category leaders. These projects represent the top university-based economic development initiatives in the country, as judged by their peers.
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.
“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
HUD + Higher Ed Engagement Network Briefing
The HUD + Higher Ed Think Tank recently held a very productive meeting to address a critical issue, improving the number of landlords who accept affordable housing vouchers in key communities. In this briefing, you’ll find key takeaways for priority communities and...
UEDA Announces New Officers and Board Members
The University Economic Development Association (UEDA) elected and announced new officers and board members during their annual Summit hosted in San Antonio, Texas. The 2023 UEDA executive committee members include: Russell Mills, PhD from Bowling Green State...
UEDA Partners with HUD and Campus Compact
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Campus Compact recently announced a new higher education-focused collaboration, the HUD + Higher Ed Engagement Network. The Network, which will be led by Campus Compact in partnership with the Anchor...
Innovation Strategy Investment Program
Excellence in Innovation
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.
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.
University Economic Development Association
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Arlington, VA 22209