University Economic Development Association


UEDA Affinity Networks

UEDA Affinity Networks connect professionals in higher education, partnerships, and development across the association’s areas of practice: Talent, Innovation, Place, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). These networks help address challenges and improve efforts in regional development.

Through the network, you can:

  • Access resources and best practices
  • Network with colleagues across the nation
  • Participate in discussions and professional development opportunities

There are two main ways to participate within the UEDA Affinity networks:

  • Monthly Convenings (open to everyone): Attend monthly meetings where like-minds gather to discuss news, challenges, best practices, metrics, resources, and more (See the events page for upcoming network convenings).
  • Online workspaces (for UEDA members only): Collaborate with colleagues and share resources in online forums and workspaces.


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The Talent Network focuses on topics surrounding regional talent needs and development. With school, community, and corporate partners, colleges and universities participate in cradle-to-grave talent development.

Talent Network Chair
Lenore VanderZee


The Innovation Network advances conversations around innovation and knowledge transfer.

Innovation Network Chair
Jeff Sachse


The Place Network engages in collaboration around developing regions where talent and innovation can grow and thrive.

Place Network Chair
Melody Flowers

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

The DEI Network works to highlight DEI initiatives and help communities become more equitable by creating opportunities for historically underserved populations.

DEI Network Chair
Teresa Merriweather Orok