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. Read the article here and register for the second I2RP event, Aug. 23-24 at Georgia Tech and experience one of the “top corporate innovation” cities and research park.


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.

Click here to learn more.

Sign Up Today! Peer2Peer Network Calls begin May 2nd!


Please help us in welcoming our new Chief Executive Officer, Carol Stewart. She currently manages the David Johnston Research + Technology Park at the University of Waterloo, where she spearheads creation, planning, and development of the park, among other responsibilities and leaves the R+T Park as it approaches the one million square foot milestone.

Carol is an experienced research park leader with a more than 25-year career serving the academic/not-for-profit sector, as well as the high-tech industry in Waterloo region located in Ontario, Canada. She is the Co-Founder and Immediate Past-President of AURP Canada (the association’s Canadian chapter) and has been an active board member of AURP since 2010.  

Click here to view the entire press release.


Bolstering Tech Transfer & Commercialization Policies

On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, AURP Past President Brian Darmody, Associate Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations at the University of Maryland and thought leaders from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and The Brookings Institution plus additional organizational executives, gathered at the Dirksen Senate Office Building to discuss how the incoming administration and Congress can bolster technology transfer and commercialization policies to ensure that federal R&D investments yield stronger commercial results, in large part by better coordinating with regional economies.

ITIF and The Brookings Institution have recently proposed 50 innovative policy ideas to do just that, including the recommendations presented from the AURP Power of Place and The Power of Innovation white papers. Click here to view their recommendations.


Building An Entrepreneurial Eco-System

 Greg Deason, AURP Past President; Senior Vice President of Purdue Research Foundation; Executive Director of Purdue Foundry and Purdue Research Park



Member Networking Groups


I2RP: Georgia Tech
August 23 - 24
Atlanta, Georgia


International Conference 2017
October 9-12
Huntsville, Alabama

Hosted by Cummings Research Park


I2RP: Sandia Science &
Technology Park
December 5 - 6
Albuquerque, New Mexico


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