University Economic Development Association


American Resilience & Equity Networks Initiative (ARENI)

As our nation rebuilds from the multiple crises of the past two years,, regions are setting new priorities, meeting evolving challenges, and making investments that will impact generations to come. We have witnessed and learned the importance of working toward economic equity and building economic resilience within our 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.

ARENI is operated by the UEDA using Federal funds under award ED21HDQ3120062 from Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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University Economic Development Association

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