As higher education institutions and their partners are planning for a post-pandemic world, the pressures of a changing world will require new thinking to grow our regional economies. More than just recovery, a transformation is needed to sustain thriving, resilient economies. Today, increased exposure of inequities in economic systems and defense of the status quo have called into question the role of higher education in delivering the future. From rethinking educational delivery and where innovation happens, to how we develop communities; our foundational economic prosperity elements of talent, innovation and place can be leveraged to reimagine the economy of the future.


The UEDA 2021 Summit will convene economic development professionals focused on leading the transformation to create more inclusive, equitable, collaborative economic development practices, especially within the confines of talent, innovation, and creating a sense of place. We all have a role to play—higher education, economic development organizations, the public sector, and private partners. Together, throughout the Summit, we’ll work together as partners to mastermind the future, promoting more inclusive, equitable economic development practices and driving regional prosperity.


Please note our current COVID-19 protocols prior to registering. Proof of vaccination will be required.


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UEDA Summit 2021

  • September 19 - 21, 2021
  • Savannah, Georgia
    United States