University Economic Development Association

About EA Day

Economic Accelerator Day (EA Day) at the UEDA Summit is focused on the issues of equity, resilience, and university centers and is presented by the American Resilience and Equity Networks Initiative (ARENI). ARENI is a partnership between the University Economic Development Association (UEDA) and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).

EA Day Features

  • A keynote speech by Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe.
  • A panel of federal program managers who will describe key opportunities for higher education institutions to obtain funding to further regions’ equity and resilience goals.
  • Sessions that focus on equity and resilience in economic ecosystems.
  • Host a listening session for EDA University Centers

Who Will Be There?

The UEDA Summit brings together national experts in leveraging college and university resources for greater economic development and community impact.

  •  Colleges and Universities
  •  Economic Development Organizations
  •  Federal Labs and Agencies
  •  Manufacturing Extension Partnerships
  •  Municipalities
  •  Private Sector Businesses
  •  Research Centers
  •  Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers
  •  Small Business Development Centers
  •  Venture Capital / Financial Institutions

EA Day’s Keynote Speaker

Dr. Sharpe is the founder and President of the Women’s Institute for Science, Equity and Race. She was named a Black Scholar You Should Know by and She is the co-editor of the Review of Black Political Economy and served as the past President of the National Economic Association. In 2020, she was selected to serve on the Center for American Progress National Advisory Council on Eliminating the Black-White Wealth

Register Today!

Click the button below to register for the UEDA Summit and/or ARENI Economic Accelerator Day,

For other questions or general information, contact us at or 216.200.UEDA (8332).

Portions of this communication were prepared by UEDA using Federal funds under award ED21HDQ3120062 from Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce. The EDA logo is a registered trademark of the EDA, used with permission.