University Economic Development Association

UEDA 2020

DIGITAL SUMMIT

September 20 - 24, 2020

 

2020 UEDA SUMMIT THEME

Redesigning the Future Amidst Dynamic Change: A Virtual Economic Accelerator Summit

 

Economic recovery is imperative. We must not only consider regional recovery but establishing resiliency for long-term survival in an ever-changing world. To accomplish this, UEDA is pleased to host a Virtual Economic Accelerator Summit assembling economic development minds from across the globe to collaborate and co-design strategies to leverage higher education institutions to advance economic acceleration and resiliency.

 

During this one-of-a-kind Summit, participants will collaborate on regional challenges, hear from industry and higher education experts, and actively participate in digital workspaces, design-thinking sessions, and visual collaborations to develop a framework for accelerating regional economies. This is NOT your typical online conference. This will be an immersive, engaging experience where participants will work collaboratively across digital channels to share ideas, data, and expertise to develop actionable take-aways. All economic development minds and allies are encouraged to attend.

 

COVID-19 Note: The UEDA is monitoring the current situation regarding travel and conferences. We will be holding a convening during this timeframe, so please submit your content, best practices, and save the dates!

Join Us!

The UEDA Digital Summit is an ideal event 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities Coming

Based on initial estimates, we are planning for even more participants for our virtual event than our in-person Summits. Therefore, we have plenty of amazing sponsorship opportunities in the works to drive engagement with and exposure to UEDA participants. We will work with all of our existing sponsors to transition them to our digital event, as desired.

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.

Summit Sponsors

 

 

About the Program

This will be an immersive experience. We encourage you to share these dates with your regional economic development allies and invite them to participate as we will have interactive programming that will encourage participation by full regional ecosystems. This will not be a program where participants can multi-task…participants will be actively engaged in design charrettes and challenge sessions. The UEDA Summit vows to be a different (in a good way) online event. While digital content is good, we don’t have to sacrifice engagement and collaboration. We are creating an innovative, roll-up-your-sleeves type of event. It will be fun!

Reasons for the Switch

Beyond the obvious, we feel that UEDA has an important role to play in fostering the acceleration of regional economies and helping regions not just recover, but reinvent themselves. We have the opportunity to play this role because our members are the drivers of their regional economies. While we are disappointed we will not be headed to Savannah, we are thrilled to convene this Summit at a time when we can create a format that is collaborative for all players in regional economic ecosystems. Also, we are rescheduling Savannah for 2021.

Dates and Times

Our Summit will span four days (September 21-24) and will take place roughly from 12p – 4p ET (9a – 1p PT) each day. We plan to organize our content and collaboration sessions into categories so that participants do not have to attend every session, or even every day. As of now, we are planning a day dedicated each topic of Talent, Innovation, and Place. In addition to the four-day event, we will be holding an Economic Celebration on September 30, where we will announce the winners of the Awards of Excellence and share a few other fun surprises, too!

University Economic Development Association

PO Box 97930
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
216.200.UEDA (8332)
info@universityeda.org