University Economic Development Association


2022 Summit

October 9 – 12, 2022



Theme: Harnessing Your Region’s Energy
to Accelerate Innovative Futures


The UEDA Summit will bring together national experts in leveraging college and university resources for greater economic development and community impact. These domain experts work within higher education, the private sector, economic development organizations, government agencies, and research centers.

Join us in San Antonio this October for networking with your peers, high-quality presentations and engaging discussions focused on leading your organization and driving positive change in your community. Attendees will also have a chance to hear from this year’s Awards of Excellence finalists. 

Schedule Coming Soon

The 2022 Summit program will take place from noon Sunday, October 9 through our Banquet on the evening of Tuesday, October 11. We will also have optional tours of local economic development assets in the region on the morning of Wednesday, October 12.

Session details are being updated as speakers, topics and abstracts are confirmed. Once the agenda is available it will be announced here.

Apply Today!

The application portal is now open! Get started on your Call for Content submission or Awards of Excellence nomination here to help us build an amazing experience for all attendees.

Workshops, roundtables, and interactive activities are all encouraged. Preference will be given to sessions that encourage audience participation and engagement.

UEDA is monitoring the ongoing pandemic facts and are taking appropriate precautions for hosting a safe event, including added space and outdoor activities. We will be releasing Summit guidelines for attendees before the event and will distribute to all participants with time to prepare for attending.

Our Hotel

Situated on the Riverwalk’s quiet end, our upscale hotel is near the Pearl District, home to downtown restaurants, bars, shopping and entertainment. Walk to the historic Alamo or the Spanish Governor’s Palace to admire its white adobe architecture. The Westin Riverwalk is the perfect spot to experience the energy of downtown San Antonio.

The last day to book at the discounted rate of $199 – $219 per night is September 16. The rate is valid on stays between October 7-14, 2022. Book Now

Commit to a Sponsorship Today and Get 10% Off

The UEDA Summit provides an ideal venue for exposure to top-level economic development practitioners from across North America and beyond. UEDA sponsors, supporters, and exhibitors are critical to the success of the Summit. Learn more by downloading our 2022 Summit Sponsorship Guide.

You Do Amazing Work! It’s Time to Show it Off.

The UEDA Awards of Excellence are given in recognition of outstanding economic development initiatives, research, or accomplishments that are driving impacts across the globe. This year’s categories include Talent, Innovation, Place, Engaged University, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI). Apply by June 15.

We Want YOUR Content at this Year’s Summit!

Workshops, roundtables, and interactive activities are all encouraged – the more engaging the better! Preference will be given to sessions that encourage audience participation and engagement. We’ve created a worksheet to assist you in gathering the information for your submission. Visit the Application Portal to get started today!

The ARENI Economic Accelerator

Let’s take advantage of our time together! Things will get started at the UEDA 2022 Summit on Sunday, October 9 at Noon. We’re excited to partner once again with the U.S. Economic Development Administration to bring attendees an afternoon of sessions focused on resiliency and equity.

The Economic Accelerator is hosted by the American Resilience & Equity Networks Initiative (ARENI). Join us for networking and high-quality discussions focused on leading the transformation to create more inclusive, equitable, collaborative economic development practices, especially within the confines of talent, innovation, and creating a sense of place.

Please note that the Economic Accelerator registration is a separate registration from the UEDA 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 throughout North America.


Gain the latest strategic insights on the ever-changing and vital roles of colleges and universities in local, regional, national, and international economic development.

COVID-19 & the UEDA Summit

UEDA is monitoring the ongoing pandemic facts and are taking appropriate precautions for hosting a safe event, including added space and outdoor activities. Our COVID-19 Protocols will be published before the Summit to establish the guidelines that will be in place for the safety of all participants.





University Economic Development Association

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