21 OCTOBER 2022 – UTSA Institute for Economic Development (IED) hosted the 2022 University Economic Development Association (UEDA) Annual Summit in San Antonio earlier this month. The aim of the summit was to exchange new ideas and insights on regional partnerships for economic growth. Attendees learned what UTSA and San Antonio are doing to strengthen the local economy.
System Chancellor of the University of Texas James B Milliken delivered the keynote address and UTSA President Taylor Eighmy gave welcome remarks.
“The University Economic Development Association brings a wealth of collective knowledge to the table on how a region can best grow economically,” he said Rod McSherry, UTSA Associate Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development. “The Institute of Economic Development was proud to host the club in San Antonio.”
UTSA panelists and speakers included Bijo MathewDirector of the UTSA SBDC Technology Commercialization Center, Christine BurkDirector of Commercialization and Technology Transfer, and Shawn FarrellAssociate Vice President, Corporate and Foundation Engagement, joining McSherry.
They worked on building communities of innovation and talent in San Antonio and beyond through campus research parks and innovation districts, and fostering economic growth through advancement in healthcare and the life sciences.
Conference attendees toured UTSA’s new School of Data Science and its National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC) to learn about new collaborations emerging in San Antonio’s high-tech corridor.
The UTSA School of Data Science will bring together the university’s 70+ faculty members in the fields of cybersecurity, cloud computing, data and analytics, and artificial intelligence under a highly collaborative umbrella that includes classrooms, labs, and research spaces. A focus on connected classrooms and cutting-edge instructional technology will provide flexibility in course content delivery when it opens its doors to students in January.
UTSA’s NSCC advances research, education, and human resource development in the fields of cybersecurity, data analytics, and cloud computing. It is building a collaborative and impactful government-university-industry ecosystem that includes federal agencies, contractors and industry leaders, as well as academia to solve the nation’s greatest national security challenges.
“The UEDA Summit aspires to be an event of convergence. By convening the most innovative and commercially strongest institutions and organizations, we not only learned about the great things happening across Texas, but also supported Texas economic growth with new ideas shared at our conference,” he said Tom HindeUEDA Managing Director.