Technology Innovation and Economic Development Director appointed to a chair position with University-Based Economic Development Officers of Virginia (UBED)

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Mary Lou Bourne

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University-Based Economic Development Officers of Virginia (UBED): In August 2015, the TIED Director was appointed as Chair-Elect, with the Chair role beginning August 2017. UBED's mission is to enhance the Commonwealth’s economic prosperity by providing linkage among Virginia's universities by working in partnership with economic development stakeholders at all levels. UBED is an integral part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in 2014 by state agency heads of The State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV), Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), CIT (Center for Innovative Technology) and higher education presidents on the topic of higher education's role in economic development. Virginia Innovation Ecosystem is a coalition of leaders of the angel groups around the Commonwealth with the goal of building trusted relationships for a referral network of startup company investment opportunities to attract and retain Virginia's entrepreneurs. A website is being created and will be available in late 2017.


Involves Staff, Involves Participants External to JMU


Academic Year AY '16-'17


Ongoing (Currently in existence, year round)

Areas of Engagement

Civic Engagement, Community Engagement


Committee, Department or Center

On/Off campus

Off campus

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