September 29 -

October 2, 2019

Reno-Tahoe, Nevada

2019 UEDA Summit Theme

Designing Resilient Regions: The Biggest Little Ideas for ALL Ecosystems


2019 UEDA Annual Summit | Reno-Tahoe

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.

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Join thought leaders from across the country to share ideas and best practices in higher education economic engagement. This opportunity for learning from our expert presenters, face-to-face networking, and collaboration among our sector is a not-to-be-missed event.

Engage at the Summit


Examine the cutting-edge practices of colleagues as they compete for Awards of Excellence–you judge the best of the best.


Share success stories and lessons learned with economic development professionals from centers, organizations, colleges, and universities throughout North America.


Build a learning network of colleagues to identify opportunities, develop partnerships, and ultimately tailor and apply best practices to their respective communities and organizations.


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

The UEDA Summit brings 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.
  • 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

Join Us

The UEDA Annual Summit is an ideal venue to showcase your work, play a leadership role, and expose others to your organization. Here’s how you can engage:

Submit a Session Topic

The Summit is about sharing the best and emerging trends in university-related economic development. Share your organization’s experience and lessons learned with the economic development community.

Apply for an Award of Excellence

This peer recognition generates national attention and is a great way to publicly promote and validate the impacts that your efforts are having in your community.

Register to Attend

Join colleagues from around the world as we explore ways to drive regional prosperity.

Serve as a Sponsor or Exhibitor

Your sponsorship or exhibition role will generate new ideas and new leads, as well as increase colleagues’ awareness about your organization’s commitment to university-based economic development.

Invite Your Network

The best way to impact regional economic development is to bring your region with you. Invite your regional colleagues to join you while you learn new ideas use back home.

Why Reno?

When the largest alpine lake collides with the Biggest Little City in the World, an incredible energy fills the air. It flows through the streets, slopes and swimming holes. It’s in the downtown clubs and the start-up distilleries.

Reno Tahoe is the perfect cross between alpine and urban no matter if you spend your day venturing down gorgeous trails or downtown to do some shopping. Reno has an eclectic selection of restaurants, from classic Indian cuisine to staple American bar foods.

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.

One such tribute is the oldest college in the state—the University of Nevada, Reno. Founded in 1874 in Elko, Nevada as a political compromise it later became a Morrill Act Land Grant institution. Following a period of inactivity, the college was re-founded in Reno, Nevada in 1886.

Six construction projects for UNR will be completed over the next five years and  will have a significant economic impact in the Reno Tahoe community and will create hundreds of construction jobs.

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.