University Economic Development Association


UEDA Networks

Focused on knowledge, programming, best practices, and regional collaboration, UEDA Networks connect higher ed institutions, partners, and development managers in the areas of Talent, Innovation, and/or Place. Through group sessions, online discussion boards, ideation, and ecosystem development, participants have the opportunity to work through complex, regional problems with colleagues across the nation. UEDA Networks offer a diverse repository of resources for participants, creative tactics, professional development content, and networking opportunities through information sharing and collaboration. UEDA Networks build stronger organizations.

UEDA Networks provide collaborative forums, both online and face-to-face, for regular engagement around topics critical in our profession and to the regions we serve. There are two ways to participate in UEDA Networks:

  • Convenings are casual, semi-facilitated sessions where like-minds gather to discuss news, challenges, best practices, metrics, resources, and more. Convenings are open to the public and UEDA membership is not required. UEDA members who register for a network’s convenings are automatically added to that network’s online workspace.
  • Online Workspaces are online forums where users can post questions to the practitioner community, upload / share resources, and collaborate on topics. Workspaces are only available to UEDA members.
    UEDA has topical networks for each of our areas of practice: Talent, Innovation, and Place. You can choose your level of participation in each network depending on your professional responsibilities. For example, someone who teaches entrepreneurship courses may be heavily involved in Innovation and join the Innovation Network Convenings and Workspace, but casually interested in Talent and join only the Talent Network Workspace to monitor and engage in online conversations.

See the events page for upcoming network convenings.

Join the Talent Network

About the Talent Network
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 development encompasses the delivery of lifelong learning at multiple levels and to multiple audiences: the effective education of children in the pre-K–12 pipeline; undergraduate education; specialized graduate and post-doctoral training; executive degree programs (e.g., accelerated MBAs for mid-career professionals); continuing education for adults throughout life; industry training; and beyond.

Talent Network Chair
Lenore VanderZee 
Vice President for Strategic Relations & Communications – State University of New York at Canton

Innovation Network

Join the Innovation Network

About the Innovation Network
The Innovation Network advances conversations around innovation and knowledge transfer. Innovation consists of intellectual, creative, and business processes—from ideation to implementation—that lead to application of new knowledge to solve problems of identifiable markets or user groups, or to otherwise enhance society. Innovation requires an intellectual orientation that is collaborative, transdisciplinary, problem-solving oriented, and risk-tolerant. Innovation and creativity are not limited to technology development and business formation. They lead to societal, economic, technological, policy, artistic, or cultural outcomes. In a way, we are, today, reinventing new forms, based on the original form of university economic development—Cooperative Extension—in place since the late 19th century.

Innovation Network Chair
Jeff Sachse
Director of Economic Development – Lakeland University

Innovation Network

Join the Place Network

About the Place Network
The Place Network engages in collaboration around developing regions where talent and innovation can grow and thrive. Competitive, successful communities and regions are attentive to the health, education, environment, housing, safety, and entertainment needs of community members. Leadership cultivates networks and connections that build community and competencies. Citizens practice good government and the community works to assure equity of opportunity and social justice.

Place Network Chair
Jenny Mizutowicz, CEcD 
Director of Economic Development – City of Richardson, Texas

Innovation Network

Join the DEI Network

About the DEI Network
The DEI Network fosters Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in a University community. This network works to highlight and help communities become more equitable by creating opportunities for historically underserved populations, including but not limited to communities of color, unemployed and underemployed workers, persons with disabilities, individuals impacted by the criminal justice system, veterans and military spouses, and other groups facing labor market barriers.

DEI Network Chair
Teresa Merriweather Orok
Professor and Executive Director | Alabama A&M University – Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development