September 19 - 21, 2021
2021 UEDA SUMMIT THEME
Transformation: Forward Thinking in a Changing World
UEDA Summit 2021 Sponsors and Exhibitors
Thank you to all sponsors and exhibitors for supporting the 2021 UEDA Summit. It is through the generous support of organizations, such as you, that UEDA is able to achieve its mission of delivering economic development innovation through engagement with higher education. Thanks for your continued support.
With almost 27,000 students, approximately 140 different degree programs, three campuses on a single vision of growing others, Georgia Southern University is already moving and ready for more. The historic brick streets or moss-dripping oak trees may make our picturesque campuses seem pristine, but there’s a lot of roll-up-your-sleeves work going on here. Research is focused on community impact. Teaching is focused on the students. And the students are focused on their future.
Better Outcomes Sponsor
Elsevier’s Research Intelligence portfolio provides reliable data and information, delivering insights to improve decision-making and answer critical questions. Research institutions, industry, funders and policy makers need actionable insights throughout the strategic research management workflow to build research portfolios, optimize funding flows, assemble collaborative partnerships, and manage and report on the full spectrum of research activities.
We at California State University, Northridge are mission-driven to advance economic prosperity and fuel innovation. Graduates are well-prepared for the world of work, especially in Los Angeles’ multifaceted economy. Community engagement is embedded in pedagogy. Faculty research in a variety of disciplines is inspiring. Grants and designations focused on uplifting communities and stimulating innovation are sought and won. Centers and Institutes promote activities with societal impact. We nurture successful practices developed over time; measure impact in terms of student engagement, alumni advancement and community uplift; and continually seek out new approaches. These are core to our principles and our success.
The Foundation in 30 seconds…The Kauffman Foundation seeks to build inclusive prosperity through a prepared workforce and entrepreneur-focused economic development. We work alongside our communities to push for new systems that break down barriers based on race, gender, or geography so that all individuals have the opportunity to achieve economic stability, mobility, and prosperity. Let’s rebuild better, together.
The Savannah Economic Development Authority’s mission is to help create, grow and attract new job opportunities and investment in the Savannah region. Whether a business is looking to relocate or an existing business is ready to grow, SEDA is the centrifuge of a propeller, making the connections, propelling the business to success. Through business attraction, business retention and additional SEDA initiatives, we offer customized services, connecting you to the resources needed including workforce programs, infrastructure, properties, incentives, utilities, permitting and more. An independently funded organization, SEDA acts in the best interest of both the client and the community.
TrailBlaze Creative collaborates with community advocates to develop creative marketing solutions for positive change. Our focus is on reaching people and engaging audiences who matter the most to our clients. We are an experienced firm with expertise in the various disciplines that make up the modern marketing and communications field, and we would be happy to help you blaze a new trail toward your organization’s success.
Georgia Tech, Enterprise Innovation Institute
The Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) is the Georgia Institute of Technology’s economic development unit. Comprised of a dozen programs, EI2 is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive university-based organization of business and industry assistance, technology commercialization, entrepreneurship, and economic development. Collectively, EI2 serves about 10,000 enterprises and stakeholders each year. In fiscal year 2020, EI2’s programs helped clients secure more than $731 million in capital investments, create or save nearly 25,000 jobs, serve 900 startups and entrepreneurs, and more, for a total financial impact of more than $3.64 billion. For more information, visit innovate.gatech.edu.
NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership
The NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership is a public-private partnership with Centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico dedicated to serving small and medium-sized manufacturers. Last year, MEP Centers interacted with 27,574 manufacturers, leading to $13.0 billion in sales, $2.7 billion in cost savings, $4.9 billion in new client investments, and helped create or retain 105,748 jobs.
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Since its founding in 1848, this campus has been a catalyst for the extraordinary. As a public land-grant university and prolific research institution, our students, staff, and faculty members partake in a world-class education and solve real-world problems. We’ve changed the way the nation takes its vitamins and brought flamingos to Bascom Hill. We’ve inspired satirists and senators alike. We’ve fearlessly sifted and winnowed to find today’s truths. And with the Wisconsin Idea as our guiding principle, we’re not only changing the 936 acres we call home—Badgers are also creating a better future for Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.
Venn University is an online professional development academy for those working at the intersections of higher education, economic development, and community engagement. We offer courses that provide insights for ecosystems of talent, innovation, and place. Current courses include “Creating Your Partnerships Playbook: Achieving Continuous Impact,” and “Communicating Economic Impact Through Value Creation.” Coming soon: “Designing a Roadmap for Transformative Regional Impact.” UEDA members and Annual Summit attendees qualify for a 20% discount on registration fees. Use code UEDA when registering. Venn University is hosted by Jim Woodell & Company.
The Center for Regional Development (CRD) at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is a community focused organization that partners with and convenes community stakeholders to enhance the economic well-being and quality of life across 29 counties in northwest Ohio by serving as a trusted and neutral capacity builder, data analytics provider, strategic planning and placemaking facilitator, program evaluator, and a bridge to BGSU faculty, students, and resources.
At Virginia Tech, we’re reimagining how education and technology intersect. This approach transforms the ways we teach and learn, perform research, and engage with communities around the world.
Hokies collaborate with diverse team members and cross the traditional lines between fields and disciplines to tackle global-scale problems.
We push the boundaries of knowledge in order to make a difference in the world. Members of the Hokie Nation have a clear vision of how we can serve in our personal, professional, and civic pursuits.
The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) is the hub for entrepreneurship education and outreach at the University of Iowa. Iowa JPEC has been teaching entrepreneurs and supporting innovators across the state of Iowa for 25 years. Through training workshops, incubators, accelerators, competitions, and funding programs, we’ve inspired thousands of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to start their business in Iowa. Today, we’re committed to helping every entrepreneur, no matter their level of expertise, to start something great.
New jobs have a powerful effect. Every factory or tech firm that opens its doors makes surrounding communities that much stronger. That’s why Georgia Power works hard to bring new businesses here, creating over 134,000 new jobs in the last 10 years alone. And showing people across our state more possibilities than ever before. To see how we’re generating opportunity, visit selectgeorgia.com.
Inspired by the belief that aviation could fuel business growth, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. invented the first purpose-built business aircraft, the Gulfstream I™, which first flew in 1958. Today, more than 2,900 aircraft are in service around the world. Together with parent company General Dynamics, Gulfstream consistently invests in the future, dedicating resources to researching and developing innovative new aircraft, technologies and services.
TUFF is a developer and advisor focused on creating vibrant physical environments for institutions of education and research. Our True North is to provide facilities that exceed expectations. We do this by understanding the human and institutional needs of the facilities we develop. We are developers with a purpose: Increase the impact of your institution.
Tripp Umbach delivers client solutions through strategic vision, ingenuity, and invested partnerships. Uniquely capable to envision all that is possible, Tripp Umbach is trusted by hundreds of clients across healthcare, higher education, and economic development throughout the United States and globally. Our service profile includes comprehensive research, economic analysis, and strategic planning that leads to community advancement, improved collective health and economic sustainability. A recognized industry leader, our reputation is built on 30 years of successful partnerships turning ideas into actionable outcomes. Our work has resulted in more than $30 billion in economic and social benefit over our history.
The EDO Marketplace is a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. When the coronavirus hit in early 2020, it halted traditional marketing channels between economic developers and the service providers who support them.
In order to continue those critical relationships that were especially important as the need for new approaches to support and attract businesses surfaced, a new communications channel was required. What was needed was a comprehensive repository of the many providers of products and services that assist local, regional, and state economic development organizations in fulfilling their mission.