October 2-3, 2019
Host: Research Triangle Park
The Durham Hotel, Durham, NC

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 1:00-2:00 pm ET
Web-based, members' only meeting
Accelerating Innovation:
People Programs Places
November 4-7, 2019
Host: Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA

November 5, 2019
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2019
IC2019 Highlight: Luncheon/General Session on "The Future of Food"
Technology touches everything in our lives, including the food on our plates.

We address this topic head-on during our General Session Luncheon, Nov. 5, as part of # AURPIC2019 taking place at  Georgia Tech’s Tech Square  this Nov. 4-7 .

Our Luncheon speakers, who will discuss "The Future of Food," are:

Our expert presenters will address the ins and outs of AgTech, plus talk about sustainability, purchasing profitability, quality, and how research parks are delivering innovative and sustainable options of food production, supply chain and consumption strategies. Vertical farming, as it's known, is hot!

Register today to attend this event and the full #AURPIC2019 conference!

Also, be sure to take advantage of our Early Registration rates by October 11th! *Plus, note the deadline for our  overflow hotel block (at Hilton Garden Inn Midtown Atlanta) is October 11th.

We also invite you to become a  Sponsor of our upcoming conference. Learn more about the many ways to support our community and enhance your organization’s visibility!

AURP IC2019 will help you build core competencies for  ACCELERATING INNOVATION through PEOPLE, PROGRAMS, and PLACES. You'll gain exposure to thought leaders, surface new concepts and leave inspired.

#AURPIC2019 #BuildTheAURPNetwork
Thank you to our #AURPIC2019 Sponsors!
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AURP NEWS: Univ. of Utah Research Park to Host AURP 2020 International Conference
Hot off the press! The University of Utah Research Park, in Salt Lake City, will host the AURP 2020 International Conference, in Nov. 2020, spotlighting the University of Utah’s off-the-charts technology commercialization and high-growth entrepreneurial prowess.

The University of Utah and the state of Utah continue to stand as leaders in the US and globally in driving research-based innovation and high-growth entrepreneurship. In 2017, the Milken Institute’s Concept to Commercialization: Best Universities for Technology Transfer report ranked the University of Utah as the number one research university in the US for commercializing technology. 

The AURP 2020 International Conference host committee is chaired by Jonathon Bates, Executive Director for Real Estate Administration at the University of Utah Research Park. Additional representatives will be added from the Salt Lake City technology community, AURP Board of Directors and membership to support the initiatives and planning of the conference. 
“It is great to see Salt Lake City and the University of Utah selected to host the 2020 AURP International Conference,” says Andrew Weyrich, PhD, Vice President for Research and Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah. “We are honored to be recognized for the innovation and growth being fostered here and we look forward to engaging, learning and sharing knowledge with our colleagues from around the globe at this exciting event.”

#AURPIC2020 registration will open June 2020!

Member Spotlight: Univ. of South FL Innovation Program Brings Big
Economic Impact
There's a lot of good news coming out of the University of South Florida (USF), which continues to rank among the top 10 US public universities in generating new patents over the past nine years.

A new report shows the university's innovation efforts which include USF Research Park, USF's Technology Transfer Office and USF’s Tampa Bay Technology Incubator contribute $582 billion annually in economic impact to the Tampa Bay region and Florida.

The report, released by Miami-based Washington Economics Group, found USF's overall economic impact has grown 45% over the last three years, while fostering more than 4,000 private and public-sector jobs across Florida (a 35% increase from 2016). 

“The double-digit increases in growth that this report details provide strong evidence that our strategy of close collaboration with local, regional and state partners to drive economic development and job growth is producing meaningful results both for USF and the wider community,” said Paul Sanberg, USF Senior Vice President for Research, Innovation and Knowledge Enterprise.

Congratulations to USF on your hard work from all of us at AURP!

Member Spotlight: Purdue University to Build "Interdisciplinary" Gateway Complex
Along with Purdue Research Park and Discovery Park, Purdue University is adding significantly more to its research infrastructure bounty.

Purdue last week announced a $40 million Lilly Endowment grant to the Purdue Research Foundation to help "create Purdue’s Engineering and Polytechnic Gateway Complex, a project designed to meet the growing demand for science, technology, engineering and math graduates."

The Gateway Complex, according to Purdue, will include two buildings comprising 255,000 square feet of space. The complex will become "an interdisciplinary hub that will connect project-based instructional laboratories, design studios and other collaborative spaces."

Part of the plan includes implementing the Hoosier Hot Corner, "a physical 'front door' to connect Indiana companies as they collaborate with faculty researchers, hire students as interns and identify future full-time employees."

Research Park News: IA State Univ. Research Park Makes Its Move Upward
Iowa State University Research Park's new President, Rick Sanders, aims to steer the park into two specific areas: agtech and biorenewables, according to the Iowa-based entrepreneurship e-magazine, Clay & Milk.

“I think when we get a decade down the road, we’re going to be able to look back and some place is going to have solidified their position in those two spaces. And as lofty as it sounds, I want us to be that spot. I want all of Iowa to be that hub for all ag-related innovation worldwide and for the next generation of biorenewables,” said Sanders.

Starting his tenure as president last June, Sanders is already overseeing rapid new park expansion and plans to build out the park's physical footprint and research/entrepreneurial impact. Part of this activity includes the recent opening of the John Deere Technology Innovation Center and the Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor. In addition, ISU Research Park recently received local government approval to expand the park via new development into 32 acres nearby.

US EDA Requests Public Comment on Fostering Investment in Opportunity Zones
The US Economic Development Administration has released a Request for Information (RFI) notice to collect public input on how the Federal Government can "better align its various economic development programs and resources to encourage and facilitate beneficial investments in urban and economically distressed communities, including in qualified Opportunity Zones."

EDA and the US Department of Commerce request information from stakeholders who support economic development in Opportunity Zones, including: state, local and tribal officials; institutions of higher education; nonprofits; philanthropic organizations and other impact investors; economic development and other experts in relevant disciplines; plus affected stakeholders in the private sector.

Written comments for this RFI must be submitted by October 18, 2019.

Welcome to Our Newest AURP Member!

Check out the AURP Career Center to discover your next career opportunity:

  • Auburn Research & Technology Foundation (ARTF), Executive Director
  • Cal State LA BioSpace, Incubator Director
  • SSTI, Policy Analyst
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Executive Director, Special Assistant to VP
  • HR&A Advisors, Analyst/Senior Analyst - University/Innovation Practice