University Economic Development Association 2018 Awards of Excellence

The University of Georgia’s Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, Dr. Jennifer Frum, and Vice President for Research, Dr. David Lee, are seeking a more active role in the University Economic Development Association (UEDA) Awards of Excellence by their respective units. Playing a more active role in UEDA includes increasing UGA’s submissions to UEDA’s annual Awards of Excellence program, which recognizes outstanding, leading-edge, higher education projects and initiatives promoting economic development and engagement. The awards offer participants the opportunity for recognition, validation, enhanced funding competitiveness and critical peer review. OVPPSO and Office of Research would like to build on UGA’s past success and seeks submissions for the UEDA Annual Summit on October 21-24, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Process

  • Sign-up and participate in the Informational Webinar to held on April 20, 2018 from 12-1pm EST.
  • Review the Nomination Guide, which may be found on the UEDA Awards of Excellence webpage under Award Quick Links.
  • Download Application, which may be found on the UEDA Awards of Excellence webpage under Award Quick Links.
  • Complete application and forward PS&O proposals to Dr. Steve Dempsey (dempsey@uga.edu) and research proposals to Dr. Derek Eberhart (dereke@uga.edu) by Friday, May 11, 2018. OVPPSO and Office of Reearch will vet all proposals and submit a UGA package to UEDA for consideration.
  • Note all finalists selected by UEDA are expected to attend the UEDA Annual Summit on October 21-24, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Dates

May 11: OVPPSO/Office of Research deadline
May 15: Early application deadline
June 15: Final application deadline
August 1: Finalist notification
September: Finalist teleconference
October 22-23: UEDA Annual Summit – finalist presentations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
October 23:  Awards banquet

Helpful Information

UEDA is a membership organization representing public and private higher education, the private sector, public agencies, and community economic development stakeholders in North America. UGA’s Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach has an existing membership to UEDA on behalf of the entire University.

In 2017, there were 24 program finalists in North America for the six award categories.  UGA had three programs make the finals and one category winner. See details on the 2017 finalists and those from prior years.

In 2015, UEDA jointly published Higher Education Engagement in Economic Development: Foundations for Strategy and Practice with the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Commission on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Economic Prosperity (APLU-CICEP).  As a result of the insights gained during this process, the UEDA Awards Committee implemented changes in 2016 that revised the awards categories and judging criteria and process to align with the principles identified in this strategic framework.

The six awards categories emphasize three core missions:  Talent, Innovation and Place as well as projects and initiatives that occur at the intersection of these missions. See details on the eligibility criteria, award process, judging criteria and awards application.

Other Ways to Participate

In addition to the Awards of Excellence, there are two additional ways to engage with UEDA at the Annual Summit. The first is through UEDA’s Call for Presentations offering presenters the opportunity to participate in concurrent breakout sessions.

The second is through UEDA’s Lightning Round, new for 2018 and is best described as a 5-minute quick pitch followed by audience Q/A.

Call for Presentations and Lightning Round proposals will not be vetted by OVPPSO and Office of Research prior to submission to UEDA. However, OVPPSO and Office of Research appreciate being copied on your submission to UEDA – PS&O proposals to Dr. Steve Dempsey (dempsey@uga.edu) and research proposals to Dr. Derek Eberhart (dereke@uga.edu).