Research Park Executives Meeting to Hone Skills, Expertise

Tucson, Ariz., January 21, 2015 — University research, science and technology park executives will convene in March at the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) annual Spring Training Meeting in Tempe, Arizona.

"Spring Training is a workshop unlike any other," said AURP President Charlie D'Agostino. "Top experts are brought together in one room for in-depth discussions, providing park directors the opportunity to learn from one another best approaches to ensure that universities and their research parks continue to lead our nation's innovation ecosystems." D'Agostino is also Executive Director of LSU Innovation Park at Louisiana State University and Executive Director of Louisiana Business & Technology Center. Read more
Visit AURP's Spring Training 2015 site to register and for more information.


Feeding the World: Innovation, Land Grants and University Research Parks

Expansion Solutions magazineJanuary 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


Building Momentum Between the Pines

Research Triangle ParkJanuary 8, 2015 - Back in June of 2014, the Brookings Institution issued a report on The Rise of Innovation Districts across the globe. It included one example that was a surprise to many – The Research Triangle Park. The expansive science park makes it difficult to comprehend what actually goes on behind the trees. However a new RTP Master Plan and talk of redevelopment put the 55 year old mammoth on Brookings’ map.

Bob Geolas, President and CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation (RTF), the organization responsible for managing RTP, announced the purchase of 100 acres at a location called Park Center in February 2014. Park Center is the first spot pegged for development as part of RTP’s master plan. It is a bold move for the Park; the plan calls for increased density through residential, retail and restaurant development. Leaders at RTP are finally promising urban amenities to the 7,000 acres that have not had one single coffee shop in 55 years of historic innovations in science and technology. Read more



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


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

Innovation U Virtual Seminar:
Retooling Your Park to Increase Relevance and Involvement
February 27, 2015
11 a.m. - Noon Eastern Time

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

BioParks 2015
More Information Coming Soon
Philadelphia, Pennyslvania
Hosted by The University City Science Center
June 15, 2015

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


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