UEDA Summit Theme

Designing Resilient Regions: The Biggest Little Ideas for ALL Ecosystems


2018 UEDA Annual Summit

Disruptive Economic Development:

High Education Ecosystems as Engines of Change

Economic change is happening rapidly. Regional ecosystems need to be able to adapt to changing forces, both internal and external, to discover success. By disrupting the normal trends of economic development, regions become more agile to these forces and can realize greater long-term, sustainable growth.

Higher education is poised to serve as a leader in disruptive economic development-fostering cultures of innovation, creativity, design thinking, and entrepreneurship. While higher education institutions play a critical role in any economic ecosystem, in a disruptive environment their importance only expands.
The 2018 UEDA Annual Summit will elaborate on the concept of disruptive economic development and provide a dialogue around the following topics:

  • New workforce adaptation and artificial intelligence
  • Life within the internet of things
  • Regional diversification: industry, population, and place-making
  • Shifting regional priorities and actions
  • Regional systems to drive change
  • Non-traditional assets to impact economic development
  • Where is the workforce going to come from?

When & Where?

October 21-24, 2018

For travel purposes, attendees should plan on arriving before 1 p.m. on Sunday, with the conference wrapping up at noon on Wednesday.

The historic Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.
Built in 1893, the Pfister Hotel has been a downtown Milwaukee hotel icon for over a century.

Who Will Be There?

  • College and University Presidents
  • Deans, Provosts, & Outreach Officers
  • EDA Center Directors 
  • External & Government Affairs Administrators 
  • Innovation, Commercialization & Technology Transfer Directors
  • Officials from Higher Education System Offices
  • Economic Developers
  • Economic Development Consultants
  • Market Development Specialists
  • Federal Agency Program Directors
  • State and Federal Grant Administrators 
  • Manufacturing Extension Partnership Directors
  • Workforce Development Directors
  • Small Business Development Centers

What Will Occur?

Preparing Students to Succeed in the A.I. Age

Dr. Joseph E. Aoun
President, Northeastern University

robot_proof_coverToday, nearly every conversation about the future of work and the modern economy is dominated by the specter of robotics and intelligent machines. Several studies forecast that up to half of the jobs we know today will disappear over the next 20 years—and countless new jobs will be created. In his new book, “Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence,” Joseph E. Aoun confronts head on the need for colleges and universities to meet the challenge—and indeed the opportunity—presented by smart machines. The president of Northeastern University, Aoun will discuss his blueprint for higher education featuring three primary components: a new curriculum for the A.I. age; the case for experiential learning, the ideal delivery system for this new curriculum; and a clarion call for higher education to place lifelong learning at the heart of the educational enterprise.

Welcome to Milwaukee

Milwaukee has a diverse cultural arts scene. It also has something other places don’t have: the people. What distinguishes Milwaukee from other cities is the warm hospitality and friendly attitude of the people who live and work here. This personal touch and heartfelt welcome make it an extraordinary place to visit, and one that will leave a positive impression on every visitor. Milwaukee also offers the one-of-a-kind attractions that make a visit memorable, including the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum, the lively atmosphere of the Milwaukee Public Market and the soaring wings of the acclaimed Milwaukee Art Museum. No other major Midwestern city can claim a location where three rivers flow into a 22,000-square mile Great Lake. Milwaukee also has a rich architectural history, from the Gilded Age splendor of the Pabst Mansion to the stunning modern look of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Six of the known thirteen Frank Lloyd Wright American System-Built Homes are found here in his native state.

2018 Annual Summit Sponsors

Presidential Sponsor


Chancellor Sponsor


Innovation Sponsor


Collaboration Sponsor


Educational Session Supporters


Keynote Sponsor


Break Sponsor


Registration & Information Desk Sponsors


Welcome Sponsor


Media Sponsors

University Economic Development Association

PO Box 97930
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
216.200.UEDA (8332)