Economic Impact of University Research Parks

University research, science and technology parks are strong economic engines and contribute to the economic development of local communities, states, and nations. Below are studies that illustrate the economic impact of university research parks. 

The systematic development of linked Communities of Innovation greatly influences the economic health of regions, as shown in the reports below.  For more information on AURP and university research parks, contact AURP Headquarters. 

University of Kentucky Economic Development Collaborative

Welcome to the 2021 Annual Report of the University of Kentucky's Economic Development Collaborative (EDC). As UK embarks on a new Strategic Plan, the EDC plays an important role in its implementation as noted throughout this report. The focus on the EDC's bold ideas and goals will strengthen Kentucky’s economy and improve the lives of its people.

Innovation in Action - 2021 Impact Report

The University City Science Center is a Philadelphia's premier catalyst of entrepreneurial activity, healthcare innovation, and economic growth. Established in 1963, the nonprofit has been recognized by The Brookings Institution as a best-in-class investor, mentor, and economic development partner for young technology companies. 

2021 Community Impact Report

Research Triangle Park (NC) details its recent major milestones in its new RTP 2021 Community Impact Report, including the grand opening of Boxyard RTP; its growing community of innovators at Frontier RTP; and continued construction on the Hub RTP mixed-use development.

SS&TP Metrics and Economic Impact

The Sandia Science & Technology Park (SS&TP) is a 300+ acre master-planned technology community. Affiliated with Sandia National Laboratories and adjacent to Kirtland Air Force Base, companies have access to world-class facilities, technologies, scientists, and engineers. From startups to large, established corporations, the SS&TP is where technology works.

2019 University City Science Center Impact Report

The University City Science Center plays a key role in driving economic impact in the Philadelphia region. They are in the business of helping bright ideas become businesses while nurturing a workforce to support our 21st century economy. As you’ll see in this impact report, they operate in three distinct but interconnected ways: they help commercialize; they convene; and they cultivate the STEM talent pipeline.


BNMC 2018 Impact Report

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has released its 2018 Impact Report, which highlights their main goals of driving innovation, cultivating an active environment and connecting their community. 

University of Illinois Research Park: 2018 Economic Impact Report

The University of Illinois System (the U of I System) creates a significant positive impact on the business community and generates a return on investment to its major stakeholder groups— students, taxpayers, and society. Using a two-pronged approach that involves an economic impact analysis and an investment analysis, this study calculates the benefits received by each of these groups. Results of the analysis reflect fiscal year (FY) 2016-17.

SC Science Center Changing Tomorrow

Change Tomorrow: 2018 Annual Review of the Science Center

Located in the heart of uCity Square, the Science Center is a mission-driven nonprofit that connects scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs to the capital, talent, and resources needed for any stage of the business lifecycle. This 2018 Annual Review covers the milestones and figures at the Science Center. 

Tech Parks Arizona: An Economic Powerhouse

The University of Arizona Tech Parks Arizona seeks strong growth for Arizona's economy after recording a $2 billion impact on the state, according to its annual report.

Sandia Science & Technology Park (SS&TP) Economic Impact Analysis

The Sandia Science & Technology Park (SS&TP) is a 300+ acre master-planned technology community. Affiliated with Sandia National Laboratories and adjacent to Kirtland Air Force Base, companies have access to world-class facilities, technologies, scientists, and engineers.
The results of an economic impact analysis conducted every two years by the Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG), assessed the Park’s economic impact from its inception in May 1998 through the end of 2015. The new, independent report highlights that the SS&TP has benefitted the local economy for nearly 19 years through job creation, increases in state and local tax revenues, and higher-than-average wages for its employees when compared with the average wage in the Albuquerque metro area.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Economic Impact Report 2015

The University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW Hospital and Clinics and the university’s affiliated organizations — including the University Research Park — and startup companies support 193,310 Wisconsin jobs and generate more than $847.5 million in state and local tax revenue. That’s up from 128,146 jobs and $614 million in tax revenue the last time a similar study was completed in 2011.
The UW–Madison is the fourth largest research institution in the nation, with awards in 2013 reaching more than $1.1 billion, and has consistently ranked among the top five universities overall for research funding secured from all sources —federal, private and state — for more than 20 years.
UW-Madison research has fostered the formation of at least 311 startup companies in Wisconsin. The startup companies support more than 24,972 jobs and contribute approximately $2.3 billion to the Wisconsin economy, bringing the total estimated economic impact to $15 billion.

Archived Economic Impact Studies

Incubating Impacts: The Economic Emergence of the Research Park at the University of Illinois Case Study

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) Building Community: 2016 Annual Report

An Economic Catalyst for Greater Philadelphia

The University of Arizona Tech Park Economic Impact Executive Summary 2015

University City Science Center 2014 Annual Review