AURP Names Winners of 2014 Awards of Excellence

Technology Square at the Georgia Institute of Technology Receives
2014 Outstanding Research/Science Park Award

Emcee Greg Hyer, from University Research Park,
University of Wisconsin-Madison, welcomes guests
to the AURP 19th Annual Awards of Excellence.

Tucson, Ariz., December 9, 2014 – The Association of University Research Parks (AURP) names the Technology Square at the Georgia Institute of Technology as the 2014 Outstanding Research/Science Park, as part of AURP’s Annual Awards of Excellence. This award program recognizes the achievements of outstanding research parks and those who direct them, and encourages the development of best practices among university research and science parks.

“For 10 years, we have all known that Tech Square is an outstanding university research park,” said AURP President Kevin Byrne. “I am very pleased that Tech Square’s excellence has been recognized and that it now joins the AURP Academy of Outstanding Research Parks.” 
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Sandia Labs, City of Albuquerque, STC.UNM Announce New Co-Working Space, Collaboration

Sandia Labs Director
Paul Hommert

C3 will be in a new building in the Sandia Science & Technology Park, which will be the new home of both collaboration and tech transfer for Sandia, said Sandia Labs Director Paul Hommert. By 2017, the city of Albuquerque, STC.UNM (formerly known as the Science & Technology Corporation at the University of New Mexico) and Sandia National Labs will have a co-working space all its own to launch new technologies into the wild, according to the the directors of Sandia National Laboratories, STC.UNM and the mayor of Albuquerque, who announced a new collaboration called C3 on Friday morning at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History.

"We have to step our game up, and that's what we're talking about today," Hommert said. "Sandia has a very broad national security mission. All of that work we do on behalf of our country is the foundation of our workforce. We're raising the bar on what it takes to be competitive." Read more via Albuquerque Business First.

Learn more about C3 via the Albuquerque Journal




U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $2 Million to Expand Clemson University Incubator

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014 - U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2 million grant to build a Research One building at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). The Research One building will provide space for private-public partnerships focused on developing new technologies in the automotive, mobility and IT fields, supporting the intersection of productivity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Read more




AURP Recognized for Contributions to Inaugural America’s Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This April, AURP participated with 47 others from 19 countries at the first America’s Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ACE) organized by the United States Department of Commerce and the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC). At this event many shared best practices in public-private partnerships and investments in advanced technology centers and innovation hubs as part of a national initiative to advance strategic economic and commercial priorities. These efforts are seen as central to promoting mutual economic growth, job creation and global competitiveness.




University Research Parks Drive Innovation and Growth

University research parks are a successful way to advance innovation and create economic growth in regions across North America, according to a new report, “Driving Regional Innovation and Growth,” prepared by Battelle Technology Partnership Practice (TPP) in partnership with the Association of University Research Parks (AURP). Further, university research parks are an effective way to create new employment opportunities for existing technology companies, according to the report.

Highlights of the report, based on a survey of North American university research parks, reveal:

• The creation of an environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship is the top priority of university research parks

• Innovation-driving services are offered by nearly all university research parks.

• In the last five years, 963 new businesses have graduated from the responding research parks incubators or related startup space. Only 19 percent of these startup companies were no longer in business, compared to the national statistic of over 50 percent.

• Average job gains for research parks over the period 2007 to 2012 were 27 percent, well outperforming the economy overall (as based on 85 university research parks who responded to a similar survey back in 2007). Read more

Download the Battelle report




Creating Communities of Innovation

Custom Programs Taught by Community Innovation Experts

Bring your stakeholders together with this custom program taught by highly experienced, successful research park directors and university-led economic development experts. By focusing on your region’s unique strengths and minimizing challenges, AURP’s on-site seminars help communities find the path to successful high technology economic development endeavors.

Learn from AURP’s team of university research park experts, who have actually built and operated the world’s leading research parks. Their experience and advice will be invaluable as you tackle challenges: just getting started or “remodeling” your innovation efforts. AURP’s  “Creating Communities of Innovation” is tailored to your community, your challenges and your own assets.

Create your own successful Community of Innovation with AURP’s “Creating Communities of Innovation.” Take the first step today! Read more 




Highlighting the University of Arizona Science & Technology Park 

Video Courtesy of Tucson 12 - the City Channel

University research parks are where the world’s brightest minds go to work. In these environments of innovation, startup businesses are provided the resources they need to flourish, forming new jobs and industries. More mature companies partner with universities on projects and find easy access to an educated workforce and suppliers.

Join AURP for a virtual tour of the world’s leading university research parks. We’re kicking off  with the University of Arizona Science & Technology Park in Tucson, Arizona.  Read more




NPR: Notre Dame and Ignition Park
Reinvent South Bend

Listen to the NPR story on how Notre Dame and Ignition Park are reviving the once "dying town" of South Bend, Indiana. South Bend may be best known as the home of the Fighting Irish, but it was once the home of Studebaker automobiles. When Studebaker closed in 1963, it left a gaping hole in the town, where unemployment is at 10.4 percent, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Now, the city is working hard to create a second act for the commercial life of South Bend. In recent years, some of Studebaker's former assembly plants have been torn down, and one former site on the company's old grounds has been renamed Ignition Park. Listen Now



History of the Research Triangle on CSPAN

Narrated by The Research Triangle Park's President & CEO Bob Geolas

History of the Research Triangle

Delaware Tech Park's Mike Bowman talks about the transformation of Delaware


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Calendar of Events

Spring Training 2015
Tempe Mission Palms
Tempe, Arizona
March 9-13, 2015

BioParks 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennyslvania
Hosted by The University City Science Center
June 15, 2015

2015 International Conference
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Hosted by The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
Buffalo, NY
September 29-October 2, 2015


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