WSU members presenting at National Economic Development Conference

Wichita State will present at the 2022 University Economic Development Association’s (UEDA) annual summit conference taking place Oct. 9-12 in San Antonio.

UEDA brings together higher education institutions, private sector businesses, non-profits, government organizations and community economic development stakeholders to create local and regional economic opportunity. The following WSU members will speak at this event during the break-out session:

  • Tonya Witherspoon, associate vice president of Industry Engagement and Applied Learning
  • Megan Feeney, WSU Tech Shocker Career Accelerator director, Industry and Workforce Collaboration
  • Brian Austin, Shocker Career Accelerator Employer Releations director
  • Diane Tinker Hurst, project manager with Industry and Defense Programs

The break-out session will address how WSU and WSU Tech are working with local industry and community partners to provide applied learning opportunities for students, resulting in $27 million in student wages earned during the 2022 fiscal year.

WSU is also a finalist for an Award of Excellence from UEDA for the innovation campus in the Engaged University category. The category recognizes initiatives that demonstrate excellence in the areas of talent, innovation and place.

Nominated projects successfully engage multiple community partners to link, leverage and connect efforts in talent, innovation and place. Other category finalists are Tech Parks Arizona at the University of Arizona, The StarTUp (Towson University) and the UK Economic Development Collaborative (University of Kentucky).

Winners will be announced the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 11 at the Summit conference.

Additional information about UEDA can be found at the link below.