University Economic Development Association partners with TU

TOWSON, Md. (March 12, 2008)— The University Economic Development Association (UEDA), established in 1976, has selected Towson University in suburban Baltimore, Maryland as its operations and management team. The Division of Economic and Community Outreach (DECO) at Towson University has proven experience in association management and is recognized regionally for its expertise in economic development and community outreach.

The UEDA and Towson University will work together to share economic development best practices among UEDA members, to increase membership, and to hold successful annual Summits.  The 2008 Summit “Policy, Practice, & Partnership – Effective Engagement and Emerging Trends” will take place November 9 - 11 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Towson University will also host and maintain the UEDA Web site.

Genna Hurd with the Institute for Policy and Social Research at the University of Kansas and current President of UEDA stated, “On behalf of the UEDA, we thank Tom McClure and Western Carolina University for their dedicated service to UEDA’s administration and mission. Tom’s contributions have been instrumental to our success. The expectations and demands on higher education to respond to economic development issues are at an all-time high. The opportunities are significant for UEDA and we believe that DECO at Towson University has the expertise and energy to assist UEDA in being the pre-eminent association for higher education engagement in economic development.”

The UEDA is a national organization dedicated to serving the nation's institutions of higher education and their economic development affiliates. It was recently reorganized to focus on the overall impact of higher education on economic development issues including effectiveness, best practices, metrics and emerging opportunities. It is the only organization that represents the entire spectrum of higher education based economic development. The association helps members build relationships among institutions of higher education and economic development agencies.

“This partnership affords Towson University and UEDA a wonderful opportunity to share best practices among universities of distinction and economic development agencies across the United States”, said Dyan Brasington, Towson University’s associate vice president for economic and community outreach.

For additional information about UEDA or Towson University, please contact Ms. Leslie Pachol at




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