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CEO Blog - 07.10.2020 Summer Edition

Happy Summer!

Hope the AURP community is finding ways to enjoy summer, virtually or in person. Here are some updates on what is
happening in AURP-world

Peer to Peer:
AURP Peer to Peer continues for two more sessions this summer. Thanks to Steve Frayser of Texas Tech who moderated a robust session this week on a variety of topics including implications for research parks from restrictions on international students attending universities going virtual with classes.
On July 22 at 2 pm EDT Jeff Johnson from Virginia Tech will host and on August 5 at 2 pm EDT Carol Stewart from Tech Parks Arizona will moderate the session. Stay tuned for details.
Peer to Peer will take the rest of summer off for a well-deserved vacation, but if anyone from AURP community is interested in hosting on Sept 9 when peer to peer returns, please let me know at [email protected] You can decide a topic or simply help guide a discussion among your peers on how your park is responding to the ever changing set of issues caused by Cov-19.

Bio and Pharma Manufacturing:
If your park is hosting bio or pharma manufacturing tenants or you are just interested in learning more about the explosive growth in this sector, hold Sept 15 from 1 pm to 4 pm for a special pre-AURP 2020 International Conference session produced by the AURP Biohealth Caucus. You will hear from life science manufacturing companies in AURP parks, a discussion on the best federal polices to re-shore bio and pharma manufacturing to the US, issues in designing life science manufacturing facilities and a presentation of the AURP Covid 19 Excalibur Award to the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmacuticals (NIIMBL) at University of Delaware Science and Tech Park. Registration will open shortly.
Want to Learn More about the Future of Work, the Future of Technology?
The Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) will host a webinar on NSF's Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF) program, which was initiated in 2016 as one of the NSF 10 Big Ideas. FW-HTF supports convergent research integrating considerations of future technology, future workers, and future work. Here, "future technology" refers to advances in engineering, computer science, or other relevant fields, with the potential to create new human-technology work partnerships; "future workers" refers to advances in the fundamental understanding of individual workers, work teams, workplaces, and work organizations; and "future work" refers to advances in the fundamental understanding of educational, organizational, societal, or economic factors, considering both benefits and risks.There is no cost to this webinar, but registration is required. 

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CEO Blog 06.22.2020: Real Estate Post-COVID-19- Healthier Indoor Air?

Real Estate In A Post-COVID-19 World: Healthier Indoor Air?

As our members reopen, the issue of quality of air in commercial real estate will be at the forefront.  

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CEO Blog-06.02.2020: AURP Response to Protests

Dear AURP Members and Innovation Community,

Our global community is grieving the hurtful and destructive acts that have resulted in the senseless killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. We recognize the impact of these and other racial injustices and acknowledge the hurt amongst all communities. AURP stands as a beacon of hope in support of peaceful protests and the actions needed to address societal inequalities.

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AURP CEO Blog Posts - 04.24.2020

A couple of stories caught my interest among the flood of information about the Covid-19 pandemic, especially new developments in public policy.

State budgets are being impacted in critical ways and financial support for economic development organizations, venture programs, higher education and other partners in building communities of innovation will be drastically reduced. The Urban Institute has created a 50-state Economy Monitor that tracks state budgets and has other timely information. See, Urban Institute State Economy Monitor.

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