University Economic Development Association

2014 Finalists

Awards of Excellence Finalists

Congratulations to the 2014 UEDA Awards of Excellence Finalists who will present their project for attendee voting at the 2014 Annual Summit in Santa Fe! We received a large number of applications across all categories this year and have invited a total of nineteen finalists to present at the conference. Annual Summit attendees will listen and vote on the category winners. These projects, both finalists and winners, represent the top university-based economic development initiatives in the country.

Community Connected Campus

Alexandria Co-Working Network

submitted by Arizona State University

ASU Chandler Innovation Center

submitted by Arizona State University

College Town Kent

submitted by Kent State University


submitted by University City Science Center

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Nexus Innovation Program

submitted by Philadelphia University

Furnace Technology Transfer Accelerator

submitted by Arizona State University

Research Commercialization Program

submitted by Innovation Works

Texas International Business Accelerator / Foreign Direct Investment

submitted by University of Texas San Antonio

Leadership and Collaboration


submitted by University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

TechConnect West Virginia

submitted by TechConnect West Virginia


submitted by University of Northern Iowa

University of Tennessee – TREEDC International Exchange Program

submitted by University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service

Research and Analysis

Pacific Region Breadfruit Initiative

submitted by University of Hawaii / Pacific Business Center Program

Iowa Small Business Owner Survey

submitted by University of Northern Iowa

Spokane’s Business Library

submitted by Washington State University / Spokane Public Library

Talent Development

Joint Institute for Engineering and Technology- Aerospace (JiET-A)

submitted by Northern Illinois University

Operation Reentry North Carolina: Tools for Advanced Manufacturing for Veterans

submitted by East Carolina University

Food Safety Training

submitted by Iowa State University

Training World Class Research Interns

submitted by Washington State University