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VIDEO: Global Recognition for VG SmartGlass
Mike Stacey and the team at VG SmartGlass are thinking big - and the world is taking notice.
Last month the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) recognized Stacey and VG SmartGlass (which acquired Stacey's earlier startup, SmarterShade, in July) as one of two Innovators of the Year for 2015.
University of Maryland Research Park Wins 2015 Outstanding Research Park Award
AURP President Charles D’Agostino, Executive Director of the Louisiana State University Innovation Park with Brian Darmody, Associate Vice President for Campus and Foundation Relations at the University of Maryland College Park.
Buffalo October 1, 2015 – University of Maryland Research Park today takes home top honors as the Association of University Research Parks’ 2015 Outstanding Research Park, at the AURP Annual Awards of Excellence, hosted by Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. This award program recognizes the achievements of outstanding university research parks and those who direct them, and encourages the development of best practices.
The UM Research Park is a public-private partnership between Corporate Office Properties Trust and the University of Maryland (UMD). UMD works with all Research Park companies to provide synergistic and collaborative opportunities. The Research Park offers locations from incubator space for start up companies to build-to-suit options for larger technology clients.
“Not only is our research park the largest in the state, but it stimulates major partnerships among private, federal, and academic scientists,” said University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh. “It helps make Greater College Park a major international hub of climate, food and language research, and the park will only grow in importance as our new startup innovation district develops next to it,” he added.
“The national recognition for the UMD Research Park by AURP is testament to the hard work of many people over many years at the University of Maryland,” said Brian Darmody, Associate Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations at the University of Maryland, who is also a past president of AURP. “I am pleased our park is being recognized not just for what it is, but what it portends for the future of university research parks as places to live, learn and earn.”
The UMD Research Park environment provides employment for over 3,000 people in a variety of fields, and uniquely links government, university and private sector entities focusing on language science, environmental science, and food safety.
U.S. Commerce Department Announces $5 Million in Grants to Advance Innovation Across America
12 Grants Issued through the Regional Innovation Strategies Program to Support Planning and Feasibility Studies for Science and Research Parks
WASHINGTON—U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams announced the 12 recipients of the 2014 Science and Research Park Development Grants, part of the Regional Innovation Strategies program. The Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program, which is being run by the Department’s Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE), is a new initiative designed to advance innovation and capacity-building activities in regions across the country through three different types of grants: i6 Challenge grants, Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds, and Science and Research Park Development Grants. Secretary Pritzker announced the recipients of the i6 Challenge grants and Cluster Grants for Seed Capital funds in March. Read More
U.S. Commerce Secretary Announces $10 Million in Grants to Advance Innovation Across America
26 Grants Issued through the Regional Innovation Strategies Program to Spur Capacity Building and Access to Capital for Innovators and Entrepreneurs
WASHINGTON—U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the first 26 recipients of the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program grants. The Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program, which is being run by the Department’s Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE), is a new initiative designed to advance innovation and capacity-building activities in regions across the country through three different types of grants: i6 Challenge grants, Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds, and Science and Research Park Development Grants. Secretary Pritzker announced the recipients of the first two funding opportunities. Recipients of the third grant will be announced in the coming weeks. Read More
University research, science and tech parks are very important contributors to high tech job creation and the latest economic impact study, from the University of Arizona's Tech Park, is highlighted by the news that UA Tech Park company's annual average salary was over $91,000, nearly twice the county average of $46,000. The study also shows that the UA Tech Park:
Feeding the World: Innovation, Land Grants and University Research Parks
Expansion Solutions magazine, January 14, 2015 - Active urban redevelopment projects are helping to rebuild long defunct, distressed downtown areas into cosmopolitan centers of activity—with many now branding and focusing on exciting concepts of “innovation.” Universities and academic medical centers are taking part in these exciting projects, contributing their expertise and know how. Companies are participating, too—helping to invigorate local startup, app development, and service economies. Meanwhile, true innovation hums away at university research parks, most of them adjacent to major university campuses across the country. Significant and meaningful advancements in biotechnology and agricultural technology are being made in research parks every day—thanks to their collaborations with land-grant institutions, which have been crucial to the development to the economy not only of the United States but also the entire world.Read More