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University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR

U-I Outside Major Metros Workshop: University of Arkansas

May 21, 2019 - May 23, 2019

University-Industry Engagement outside Major Metropolitan Areas and Megacities: Identifying Issues and Finding Solutions


On May 21st – 23rd, the University of Arkansas, in collaboration with UIDP, is hosting a three-day forum in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Universities and companies outside major metropolitan areas are invited to attend.

The workshop will leverage diverse experts and recruit attendees from metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas across the United States. Discussions will include practical approaches that can be used by academic, corporate, government and nonprofit groups in a community.


Attendees will assess existing national models, brainstorm new programs and ideas, and develop steps that can be taken to improve academic-corporate engagement in non-metropolitan regions.  Objectives are to advance university missions (teaching, research, service, and economic development), company goals, and local and state economies.

Topics for discussion include:

  • existing national programs that universities and companies use for research collaboration that can lead to economic development at every level
  • successful (and not so successful) strategies for university-industry engagement
  • strengthening graduate and undergraduate research
  • technology commercialization
  • career development and workforce pipelines
  • global competitiveness and influence
  • the importance of diversity and inclusion in innovation teams

Optional Workshop

Tues., May 21 • 10 AM – 1 PM

Using Research Data to Enhance Collaborations

During this workshop, case studies will be presented that provide specific examples of how data can be used to develop strategies through the use of objective data.  Having decided to rebrand itself as an information analytics company, Elsevier has been investing in the development of systems that can help bring efficiency at an enterprise scale. This interactive workshop will provide learnings from across the country and the world; allow for brainstorming with participants on practical steps and expectations; and sharing examples of where it has worked well and learnings from prior experiences.

(more workshop info to come)

Networking Opportunities

Tues., May 21 • 6 – 9 PM

Sassafras Springs Vineyard
6461 E. Guy Terry Road
Springdale, AR 72764


Wed., May 22 • 6 – 9 PM

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
6900 Museum Way
Bentonville, AR 72712



University of Arkansas
Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development
145 N. Buchanan Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72701

The Chancellor Hotel
70 N. East Ave
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 442-5555

A block of rooms has been held at the Chancellor Hotel, located just off the square in downtown Fayetteville. The Chancellor is a boutique-style retreat offering casual ambiance and chic design.

Please mention the group name UIDP Workshop to receive the special rate of $114/night (single) plus tax. Reservations must be received on or before April 23, 2019, at 5 p.m. CST.

Reserve your room now!



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