Membership Renewal Notices
Welcome to a new decade!
With the New Year comes new opportunities to connect at AURP and the reminder for new processes including membership r enewal invoices .

Renewal notices were emailed in mid-November 2019 with reminders sent in December. To remain in current status, please pay invoices through your online member profile.

It's a great time to review your current online profile, organizational representatives, add your logo/photos, plus review the new member portal and opportunities to connect with colleagues!

Contact the AURP team with any questions!
The CEO's Corner: Brian Darmody
Happy New Year!

AURP looks forward to expanding and supporting our current members and attracting new members and sponsors in the New Year.

The role of research parks and innovation districts has never been more crucial in building inclusive, sustainable communities of innovation!  
Many AURP members serve as anchor institutions in or near federal Opportunity Zones (OZ), which provide tax incentives for investment in real estate and operating businesses. Most commentators believe new regulations issued last month will spur more investment to OZs with anchor institutions. Stay tuned to AURP OZ programming in 2020!

In 2020, AURP will continue to support bio health innovation communities at university hospital and independent health science centers. The world’s largest tech transfer meeting, AUTM, will take place in San Diego, March 8-12, where AURP will help lay the groundwork for the BIO Health Caucus taking place in San Diego, June 7-8, at the BIO International Convention (June 8-11). AURP will showcased in the BIO exhibition hall – and we hope to see you there!

A federal government shutdown was prevented and significant new funding for US EDA and federal research was accomplished at the end of 2019. See details in the Member Portal in our VSA Washington DC Update section presented by the Innovate Coalition and our partnership with SSTI.

In 2019, AURP helped produce a research park workshop at Ohio State University and a session on research parks in non-metro areas as part of UIDP conferences, and we are members of NACRO, the Network of Academic Corporate Relationship Officers. We plan to support more university – corporate connections as underpinnings of robust research parks and innovation districts. 

AURP will be present at Silicon Slopes in Salt Lake City in January 31, in preparation for the AURP International Conference on November 3-6: INNOVATION ELEVATED. The Silicon Slopes organization is one of the largest and most prominent annual tech events in the world, bringing out more than 20,000 attendees. If you're attending, let's connect in Utah!

More than ever, the need for international cooperation in research and technology is paramount. Through our international partnering organizations, including Fraunhofer University , Industry Innovation Network (UIIN), and others, AURP will host international delegations and support international research partnerships. Watch for more information on our Egyptian Ministry of Education in Egypt delegation, expected to meet with AURP membership while in the US in 2020.

Thanks to our friends at UIIN for their The Future of Universities Thoughtbook! Edited by AURP members and supporters, including Cameron McCoy, Mason Ailstock, Arno Meerman and others, the book includes 40 perspectives on the shape of entrepreneurial universities in 2040. I present my predictions on university research parks (pp. 129-131); Tom Osha of Wexford Science and Technology writes on the key role of technology talent in the future (pp. 103-106). Download now.
I look forward to working with you in the New Year. We can’t do it without our AURP members, sponsors and supporting organizations and thank you for your involvement.

Please contact me directly with opportunities or questions at or phone at 301-928-0527.
Connect with AURP in 2020
Building off a year of solid momentum, we're implementing an energetic 2020 AURP Networking Calendar that will supercharge members' connections and knowledge-sharing to fuel collaborative efforts supporting the global communities of innovation.
February 24-28
Tempe Mission Palms, Tempe, Arizona

Start your stretching and prepare to expand your knowledge at AURP's regularly rated " best ever" event! Step up to the plate at Spring Training 2020 for the The Future Workforce programming where you will discover best practices today that will support your efforts long into the future. Take-aways will be many and impact your community now, preparing for tomorrow.

Early bird rates end February 2nd!
In conjunction with BIO2020
June 7-8
San Diego, CA
AURP will host the BIO Health Caucus in San Diego this June, uniting bio health innovation communities at university hospital and independent health science centers for collaboration and sharing. Prepare to partner with AURP at the 2020 BIO International Convention exhibition hall. More information soon!
Our 2020 Hosts:
Capital City Innovation - April
University of Delaware - Sept
Check out the rock star locations for our 2020 Insights into Research Parks (I2RP) spotlights! Our intimate storytelling exchanges will take you to the head of the pack at our fan favorite micro-learning programs. Austin, Texas and Newark, Delaware are our excellent hosts in 2020. More details coming soon.
Hosted by the University of Utah Research Park
November 3-6, Salt Lake City, Utah
INNOVATION ELEVATED at AURP IC2020 will soar to new heights as we share impactful case studies and opportunities in this information technology-rich region.

Watch for the Call for Presentation Proposals in January 2020. Deadline for responses in March.
Check out the AURP Career Center to discover your next career opportunity:

  • Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, President
  • City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Planning Director
  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Vice Chancellor for Research
  • University of Houston, Executive Director, Office of Technology Transfer & Innovation
  • Reagan-Udall Foundation for the Food and Drug Administration, CEO
Welcome to Our New AURP Member!
Member News: UNLV Opening Ceremony for Black Fire Innovation, Jan. 23
LAS VEGAS - AURP Member UNLV is set to hold the Grand Opening Ceremony for Black Fire Innovation, a first-of-its-kind integrated resort and casino innovation lab, at the UNLV Harry Reid Research & Technology Park, 10:00am PST January 23, 2020.

The ceremony features a tour of the facilities, which include a hospitality lab, business incubator/accelerator/makerspace and office suites. To attend the groundbreaking ceremony, register here.
Member News: East Carolina University’s entrepreneurship program
wins national honor
GREENVILLE –  East Carolina University ’s student entrepreneurship program, RISE29, was honored for its co-curricular innovation at the USASBE annual conference.

RISE29 received the association’s Excellence in Co-Curricular Innovation Award, presented annually to the college or university whose entrepreneurship program encourages creativity, quality and sustainability, and produces an impact on the communities it serves.

In its first year, RISE29 earned top honors over a field that included the country’s No. 1 ranked entrepreneurship program by U.S. News & World Report. Read more.
Thank You to AURP's
2020 Annual Corporate Sponsors

By becoming an AURP Sponsor , you can promote your park or business and help shape programming at AURP events. Annual Corporate Sponsorship our overall year round sponsorship is available for AURP as well as for the BIO Health Caucus and the 2020 International Conference in Salt Lake, Utah. Sponsorship at certain levels includes invitation to board and sponsor dinners, which is one of the best ways to get involved with AURP and the AURP Board.

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Would you like to showcase your Community of Innovation, tenant or university activities in an upcoming AURP Park Post ? We want to hear your stories to share them with the greater AURP community.  Email us  today!