September 29 -
October 2, 2019
2019 UEDA Summit Theme
Designing Resilient Regions: The Biggest Little Ideas for ALL Ecosystems
Vice Provost and Executive Director
As vice provost and executive director of the UMKC Innovation Center and founder of SourceLink and KCSourceLink, Maria helps build entrepreneurial communities, from the ground up and is in her own right an entrepreneur.
Maria believes that entrepreneurs strengthen our local and national economy and she uses insight into startups and small business, entrepreneurship and economic development to inform everything she does. In addition to helping entrepreneurs, she works with local economic development organizations across the United States to turn fragmented small business resources into cohesive and vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems that attract startups, accelerate business growth and create jobs.
Today, that model she developed from within a university framework is begin used in regions and states nationwide.
Welcome to Reno-Tahoe
A trip to Reno-Tahoe puts everything you could want – good food, arts and culture, outdoor adventures galore – at your fingertips. Grab a bike and cruise through Reno for some urban flavor, then take the short drive to Lake Tahoe for some fresh air.