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University Of North Alabama College Of Business Wins Ueda Award For Innovation And Talent

Oct. 24, 2016

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

Bryan Rachal, University Communications

FLORENCE, Ala. -The University of North Alabama College of Business keeps racking up the accolades, with the most recent being a University Economic Development Association (UEDA) 2016 Award of Excellence for Innovation and Talent.

UNA's Shoals Shift, developed in the College of Business, beat out a record number of applicants for the top spot at the UEDA's Annual Summit, which took place Oct. 16-19, in Roanoke, Virginia. Award recipients were selected by a panel of peers consisting of university and economic development professionals.

The Chair of the Department of Economics and Finance at UNA, Dr. Doug Barrett, said the award speaks to the magnitude of the collaborative innovation and economic development efforts taking place in the Shoals.

"In just two years, UNA and our partners, Shoals Entrepreneurial Center, Shoals Chamber of Commerce, and Florence Public Library, have implemented over 20 initiatives targeting making the Shoals a digital technology cluster," said Barrett. "When people engaged in economic development see and hear this, they are simply amazed. Our group had people approaching us throughout the event telling us how impressed they were with our presentation and the efforts we were representing."

The UEDA awards are designed to help accelerate these programs by recognizing cutting edge initiatives, and to promote their adoption by other universities and communities. Program categories include: Innovation, Talent and Place, as well as the intersections of these three categories.

For more information on the UEDA: http://universityeda.org/

For more information on the UNA College of Business: https://www.una.edu/business/


The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and Nursing. The College of Business is accredited by AACSB International. The MBA program is the second largest in Alabama and is taught on-line and on-campus in Florence, Suzhou and Taipei. UNA also operates a renowned collegiate athletic program in NCAA Division II's Gulf South Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age or national origin.