The UEDA Summit committee and Board have considered various formats for this year’s Summit, and we are excited to announce this year’s Summit will be an in-person event held on September 19-20, 2021 in Savannah, Georgia! We are working with local and government officials to adhere to all safety and federal guidelines as outlined by health experts.
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
Ecosystems Design Network: What We've Learned So Far Thanks to the support of the Lemelson Foundation, UEDA is piloting an Ecosystems Design Network. Ten UEDA member institutions, and nearly 100 of their ecosystem partners, are engaging in a conversation focused on...
UEDA Ecosystems Design Network: Perspectives from the Manhattan Kansas Ecosystem One ecosystem participating in the UEDA Ecosystems Design Network, supported by The Lemelson Foundation, is Manhattan, Kansas. UEDA Member Kansas State University has engaged their...
UEDA Funded by Lemelson Foundation to Look at Economic Development Ecosystems Initiative will Help Members Use Design Thinking as a Tool for Strengthening Regional Ecosystems and Making them More Equitable The Lemelson Foundation, founded "in 1992 with the vision...
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.