September 29 -

October 2, 2019

Reno-Tahoe, Nevada

2019 UEDA Summit Theme

Designing Resilient Regions: The Biggest Little Ideas for ALL Ecosystems


UEDA Annual Summit

Each year, the UEDA Annual Summit welcomes thought leaders from across the country to share ideas and best practices in university economic development. Participants in the Annual 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 nationwide.
  • Gain the latest strategic insights on the ever-changing and vital roles of colleges and universities in local, regional national and international economic development.
2019 UEDA Summit Theme:

Designing Resilient Regions: The Biggest Little Ideas for ALL Ecosystems

Resilience is emerging as a concept and a practice to help individuals, communities, cities, and regions not only withstand chronic and acute shocks but to emerge from them stronger and in a better place.  The idea of resilience is often deeply ingrained in individuals and their families and in immediate communities.  However, scaling up resilient practices to ensure that an entire region can respond, recover, and grow from systemic shocks is relatively new.  Moreover, while many communities have a variety of plans around disaster recovery, economic development, and social services, many have not fully and successfully integrated colleges and universities and their numerous programs addressing resilience issues (e.g., sustainability, economics, health, etc.).  By focusing on real-world practices and collaborations between higher education institutions and their partners, the 2019 UEDA Summit will explore the topic and highlight manageable, scalable and impactful programs and projects that can be implemented by regions across the globe. Often the biggest little idea can grow to make a catalytic shift.

Click the links to the right to learn more about past UEDA Annual Summits or visit the UEDA Application Portal to submit your

2019 Call for Workshops & Presentations

Deadline Extended: Submit by July 1

2019 Summit Theme
Designing Resilient Regions: The Biggest Little Ideas for ALL Ecosystems

Planning is now underway to identify topics and presenters for concurrent sessions at the 2019 UEDA Summit. Visit the new UEDA Application Portal to submit your Workshop, Lightning Round, or Awards of Excellence nomination all in one easy to use portal.

Welcome to Reno

Reno offers its 245,000 citizens some of the world’s finest activities, such as the Reno-Tahoe International Film Festival, Tesla’s Gigafactory, the Nevada Opera, and much more. You will see parks and greenspaces brimming with art from the festivals over the years. All of this culture lends itself to Reno being a vibrant and youthful place to visit and enjoy. The city strikes the perfect balance between growth and history, always moving forward but paying tribute to the past.