September 19 - 22, 2021
2021 UEDA SUMMIT THEME
Transformation: Forward Thinking in a Changing World
As higher education institutions and their partners are planning for a post-pandemic world, the pressures of a changing world will require new thinking to grow our regional economies. More than just recovery, a transformation is needed to sustain thriving, resilient economies. Today, increased exposure of inequities in economic systems and defense of the status quo have called into question the role of higher education in delivering the future. From rethinking educational delivery and where innovation happens, to how we develop communities; our foundational economic prosperity elements of talent, innovation and place can be leveraged to reimagine the economy of the future. The UEDA 2021 Summit will convene economic development professionals 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. We all have a role to play—higher education, economic development organizations, the public sector, and private partners. Together, throughout the Summit, we’ll work together as partners to mastermind the future, promoting more inclusive, equitable economic development practices and driving regional prosperity.
The 2021 Summit program to take place from noon Sunday, September 19 through our Banquet on the evening of Tuesday, September 21. We will also have optional tours of local economic development assets in the region on the morning of Wednesday, September 22.
Session details are being updated as speakers, topics and abstracts are confirmed. View the agenda to learn more.
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.
Book Your Hotel
You will need to book your hotel room in Savannah separately and in addition to your registration for the Summit. We have negotiated a discounted room rate of $169/night, (Single or Double Occupancy) at The DeSoto Hotel. If you plan to attend the Summit in person, book your room immediately as our partners in Savannah are reporting increased tourism in the area. If you are having booking issues please contact our staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
The Economic Accelerator
Let’s take advantage of our time together! Things will get started at the UEDA 2021 Summit on Sunday, September 19 at Noon. We’re excited to partner with the U.S. Economic Development Administration to bring attendees an afternoon of sessions focused on resiliency and equity.
Join your fellow professionals 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. LEARN MORE
Please note that the Economic Accelerator registration is a separate registration from the UEDA Summit.
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. Please review our COVID-19 Protocols for a closer look at the protocols and guidelines that will be in place during the UEDA Summit for the safety of all participants.