University Economic Development Association

Lightning Rounds:

Estimating Multi-County Impacts of EDA Investments

Speakers: Tom Harris, University of Nevada, Reno
Sponsors: EDAWN, Elsevier

Join us as guest speaker, Tom Harris, Professor at University of Nevada, Reno, shares his insights.

Western Nevada Development District like many EDA districts is a grouping of counties whose objective is developing and investing in projects that benefit the region as a whole. Sometimes counties may feel they are not being served if an investment or project is not locate in their county. A multi-regional interindustry model was employed by the University Center at the University of Nevada, Reno to show the spillover effects of EDA investments and projects occurring in the WNDD area. Results have mitigated negative reactions by showing impacts not only in the core county but the other seven counties in WNDD.


Alaska’s Emerging Sector Series

Speakers: Richelle Johnson, University of Alaska Center for Economic Development
Sponsors: EDAWN, Elsevier

Join us as guest speaker, Richelle Johnson, Lead Analyst at the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development, shares valuable insights.

In 2017 and 2018 the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development released four reports in its Emerging Sector Series combining qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques to investigate sectors of Alaska’s that have been underexplored. Alaska’s economic data is largely scattered and repressed, making examining small but growing areas of the economy difficult. The combination of limited data analysis and detailed interviews has been used to investigate a number of areas of Alaska’s economy: including, boat and ship building, renewable energy, outdoor products, aviation, women and entrepreneurship, and the creative economy.


Leveraging community-based research to advance resiliency and sustainability in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy

Speakers: Ken Iwama, College of Staten Island, The City University of New York
Sponsors: EDAWN, Elsevier

Join us as guest speaker, Ken Iwama, Vice President for Economic Development, Continuing Studies and Government Relations at the College of Staten Island, The City University of New York, shares valuable insights.

On October 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy made landfall on New York City causing 43 deaths and billions in damages. Staten Island was disproportionately impacted with 23 of the victims losing their lives in the borough. Five months before the storm, researchers from the College of Staten Island developed a geographic model which accurately predicted the potential devastation from the same type of storm surges brought by Sandy. This important, community-based research propelled the college to assume a leadership role in post-storm resiliency planning, culminating with our participation in developing the Governor’s NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program to advance borough sustainability.


It’s all about the @#$%&! Customers

Speakers: Jim Sacherman, University of Nevada, Reno
Sponsors: EDAWN, Elsevier

Join us as guest speaker Jim Sacherman, Entrepreneur In Residence at the Nevada Research and Innovation Corporation, as he shares valuable insights.

The Reno InNEVator is an 8-week funded pre-accelerator program.   We bring in young companies and help them navigate their next few steps.   Again, and again, our companies have received support from our local business community.  Tech and management are great, but that first customer is paramount.

September 20 @ 10:45
10:45 — 12:00 (1h 15′)

Whitney Peak Ballroom

Tom Harris – Professor