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DISRUPTIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Higher Education Ecosystems as Engines of Change

Each year, the UEDA Annual Summit welcomes thought leaders from across the country to share ideas and best practices in university economic development. This year, our Summit host city is Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the home of Harley-Davidson, which symbolizes the innovative spirit of this city and region that has transformed itself from dairy belt to rust belt to digital belt.

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Call for Presentations
Our Annual Summit Call for Presentations is now open. New for 2018 is the UEDA Lightning Round! Download the Call for Presentations Application


Welcome to Milwaukee 

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch of Wisconsin introduces you the 2018 Summit host city of Milwaukee. View the video



Group Registrations

Groups consisting of 3 or more registrants are eligible to receive a 10% discount on the 2018 UEDA Summit registration fees. Learn More 

Pre-Conference Activity: Milwaukee Brewery Tour
Saturday, October 20 • 1 - 7 p.m.
Enjoy a multi-stop brewery tour and appreciate the history that makes Milwaukee “Brew City”.  Selected breweries represent some of Milwaukee’s historic beer barons empire along with the disruptive innovators in microbrews. There is something for everyone! The UEDA Conference Brewery Tour is a 6-hour bus tour. We will visit 4 locations, each offering their own tours and beer samples. Round-trip transportation and guided fun is included, along with the tour drinks, a Milwaukee soft pretzel, and water. Learn More


Why Milwaukee?

Milwaukee has a diverse cultural arts scene. It also has something other places don’t have: the people. What distinguishes Milwaukee from other cities is the warm hospitality and friendly attitude of the people who live and work here. This personal touch and heartfelt welcome make it an extraordinary place to visit, and one that will leave a positive impression on every visitor. Milwaukee also offers the one-of-a-kind attractions that make a visit memorable, including the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum, the lively atmosphere of the Milwaukee Public Market and the soaring wings of the acclaimed Milwaukee Art Museum.  Learn more

About the Pfister 

The Pfister Hotel is celebrating 125 years in 2018. Built in 1893, the Pfister Hotel has been a downtown Milwaukee hotel icon for well over a century. As one of the Midwest’s premier luxury hotels in Milwaukee, it continues to celebrate a grand tradition of gracious service and impeccable style. From the moment guests arrive they’ll notice the extraordinary architecture inside and out punctuated by a welcoming ambiance from staff and fellow guests alike. Book a Room

Become a Sponsor

As a national conference supporting economic development experts from across the U.S. and Canada, the UEDA Annual Summit attracts more than 250 C-level and director-level professionals from universities, communities and for-profit businesses. The Summit provides an ideal venue for exposure to top-level economic development practitioners from across North America and beyond. Sponsorship and supporter investment brings high-profile attention and recognition to each sponsor organization.
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