University Economic Development Association


American Resilience & Equity Networks Initiative (ARENI)

As our nation emerges from 2020, regions are engaging in new priorities and challenges that will impact generations to come. However, under pressure, great innovation can occur. New ideas to address economic resiliency and equity are advancing regions. Elevating these ideas to a national level, alongside collaborative discussions, will provide learning opportunities and resource-sharing for regions looking for additional ways to tackle these issues.

The American Resilience & Equity Networks Initiative (ARENI) provides a structure for region-to-region collaboration on resilience and equity issues and EDA’s University Centers through regular convenings, online forums, and resource libraries. Using UEDA’s existing criterion for identifying best practices in higher education economic development, methods will be identified and then evaluated by an Advisory Council on originality, scalability, sustainability, impact, and replicability in other regions. Those methods that favorably meet the criteria will be elevated to present to the appropriate network.

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University Economic Development Association

PO Box 97930
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
216.200.UEDA (8332)