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About UED

The Office of University Economic Development works to leverage the assets, resources and knowledge of the U of M to encourage economic growth, building a vibrant innovation ecosystem that strengthens business and promotes discovery, entrepreneurship and workforce development.

Strategic action plan

In 2015, UED visited with business and community partners across Minnesota to discuss the needs and priorities of local economies and to discover new partnership opportunities. As a result of these discussions, in 2016 UED approved a strategic action plan that establishes a vision and set of strategic imperatives that create a framework for increasing statewide collaboration, partnership and economic opportunity.

Our vision

Minnesota’s economy will grow, diversify and yield benefit to the state’s citizens—with the University of Minnesota pursuing innovative strategies to stimulate and contribute to shared economic success.


UED’s highest priorities for the next three years.

Expedite Access
Implement best-in-class tools and systems that efficiently connect the University’s resources with Minnesota’s economic development drivers—businesses, associations, governments and communities.

Catalyze Economic Development
Proactively identify new and ongoing opportunities to connect the resources of the University with business, government and community leaders working to advance talent, innovation and global trade

Act Statewide
Advance economic development in both Greater Minnesota and the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region by building upon work in progress across the University’s five campuses and prioritizing knowledge transfer activities.

Strategic Action Plan:
Full document

Questions? Visit the contact page to see a list of staff and contact information.