AURP Representatives Demonstrated Support for the Regional Innovation Program and the Startup Act

Tucson, AZ, March 12, 2018 - Association of University Research Parks (AURP) members and staff, in conjunction with State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI), met with U.S. Congressional members and delegates to demonstrate the association's support of, and to request additional funding for, the U.S. Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Regional Innovation Program and an upcoming bill known as the Startup Act (S. 1877).

The EDA's Regional Innovation Program is an initiative that supports innovation-driving activities through state, regional, and local entities to utilize existing resources, collaboration and continued support of economic recovery. These efforts are focused in high-growth industries by supporting local organizations to drive the transition of research out of labs and into the commercial marketplace through the vast experience and knowledge of entrepreneurs and a startup culture with proven success. Read more here.




Startup Act - Call to Action

Introduced by Sen. Moran (R-KS) and co-sponsored by Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the Startup Act (Bill S.1877) is a catalyst to jump-start the U.S. economic recovery through the formation and growth of new businesses plus support of immigration reform.

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We need our greater community of innovation to spring to action, starting with your state representatives. Please request their support of the Startup Act.

Using this Google form, please complete our tracking intake form to access a template letter that you can send to your congressional leaders. Customize this letter with important facts and needs from your research community for maximum impact.

Earlier this week, our group of legislative advisors held an informative webinar with an overview of the proposed Startup Act and our community of innovation’s priority provisions.

To listen to this webcast, click HERE. (password AURP)

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University of Maryland’s Discovery District to
Host 2018 AURP International Conference

The Association of University Research Parks (AURP) announces the University of Maryland’s Discovery District as the host for the AURP annual International Conference, to be held in College Park, Md., October 23–26, 2018.

“The University of Maryland is very proud to act as the host for AURP’s 2018 International Conference,” said Brian Darmody, Associate Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations, University of Maryland, and past AURP President. “The Baltimore-Washington area is a thriving technology corridor, and the University of Maryland Discovery District is a perfect venue to demonstrate the value of research parks as the true intersections of science and innovation.” Read more. 



AURP Announces 22nd Annual Awards of Excellence Recipients at 2017 International Conference in Huntsville

Huntsville, AL, October 12, 2017 – The Association of University Research Parks (AURP) today announced the recipients of the Awards of Excellence recognized during its 2017 International Conference hosted by Cummings Research Park in Huntsville, AL. Additionally, AURP announced the results of the election for its 2018 Board of Directors.

Categories for the 2017 Awards of Excellence include the coveted Outstanding Research Park Award, Emerging Research Park Award, Career Achievement Award, Leadership Award, Developing Communities of Innovation Award and Innovation Award.

The University of Maryland BioPark, located in Baltimore, MD, was named the Outstanding Research Park in recognition of its ability to excel in the promotion of growth in technological commercialization and collaboration. The University of Maryland BioPark has created a robust community of innovation while being an integral participant in the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), and in the surrounding community. Read more.


Innovation Leader Magazine Spring 2017

AURP Research Parks highlighted in Innovation Leader Magazine

AURP’s second Introduction to Research Parks (I2RP) program host, Georgia Institute of Technology, is highlighted in Innovation Leader Magazine. Atlanta, home to Georgia Tech, is listed as a 10 Top City for Corporate Innovation.



AURP Advocates for Its Members!

AURP proactively advocates for the critical innovation policies and support needed for the advancement of University Research Parks across the United States. The Government Relations committee at AURP provides recommendations to strengthen and target improvements for the innovation community.
Currently AURP is active in three areas:

1. AURP EDA Letters
A $100 million cut would be catastrophic and will be felt in every community. The time to engage them is now! A Letter to your Senator asking them to support EDA at current funding levels and mentioning the role of EDA in planning or enhancing your park or parks in your state would be helpful. Email or fax them right away; time is of the essence. Please send a copy of your letter directly to your senators or your congressional delegation and send a copy to Carol Stewart at AURP at this address: carolstewart@aurp.netSenate Offices contact information may be found here.

2. AURP Letter on Senate Committee Seeks Input on Tax Reform
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has asked for public input as he leads the committee’s work on comprehensive tax reform efforts. “After years of committee hearings, public statements, working groups, and conceptual exercises, Congress is poised to make significant steps toward comprehensive tax reform,” Hatch said in a June 16 letter. AURP has suggested Congress reform policies related to tax exempt financing of facilities, such as research parks.

3. AURP formally supports the Regional Innovation Strategies Coalition Letter



AURP Peer2Peer Network groups help professionals in the university-based incubator and tech park industry share challenges and lessons learned in a friendly, informal environment. Peer2Peer groups meet monthly and provide an opportunity for individuals in similar roles and functions to exchange recommendations, best-practices and ideas to utilize AURP’s best resource: its own members. Championed by both the Board and Advisory Council members for its flexibility, each Peer2Peer group is able to determine the format that best suits the members of the group, including possible guest speakers, special topics and roundtables.

NOTE: You must be an AURP member in good standing and provide your AURP member ID to participate.

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Meet Up with Mason

Meet Up with Mason: Guests Jeanne Mell and Tom Osha

December PodcastGuests Jeanne Mell, Vice President, Marketing Communications & Community Engagement at University City Science Center, AURP Board of Directors Vice President and Tom Osha, Senior Vice President, Innovation & Economic Development at Wexford Science + Technology talk with Mason about the new development between University City Science Center and Wexford Science + Technology: uCity Square.

Located in Philadelphia’s University City neighborhood, uCity Square is a 6.5 million-square-foot mixed-use community consisting of retail, residential, clinical, office and laboratory space—concentrated around an open air public square.

 Listen here.



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