Feeding the World: Innovation, Land Grants and University Research Parks
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Building Momentum Between the Pines
Research Triangle Park,- 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
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.
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
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Highlighting the University of Arizona Science & Technology Park
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.
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