February 24-28
Tempe Mission Palms, Tempe, AZ

June 7-8
BIO 2020 Conference, San Diego, CA
November 3-6
University of Utah Research Park
Salt Lake City, UT

April - Capital City Innovation, Austin, TX
September - University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Happy Holidays!
With a very busy and exciting year soon coming to a close, all of us at AURP extend Season's Greetings!

We wish you and yours a bright holiday season filled with joy and good health, and we look forward to an exciting year of growth and prosperity in 2020!

With our warmest regards! The AURP Team
Member News: Thank you Joe Meredith!
Joe Meredith, PhD, past AURP Board Member and longtime AURP volunteer, has announced he'll retire in February 2020, concluding his 27-year tenure as President and CEO of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (VTCRC).

"All of us in the global AURP Innovation Community are truly grateful for Joe Meredith and his extraordinary work at the VTCRC and for his years of dedicated service to AURP and its membership. Our very best wishes to you, Joe, in your retirement. We thank you again!" said AURP CEO Brian Darmody.

In addition, Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands, PhD, wrote in an email to the university community: "I can’t overstate the impact of Joe’s leadership on our university, campus, and community. You may recall he was one of five members of the Class of 1969 who received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award during last spring’s commencement ceremony. Please join me in congratulating Joe on his retirement and thanking him for his dedication to Virginia Tech."

As a past AURP Board member, Joe has been a regular speaker at our Communities of Innovation 101 sessions and an active committee member for awards and education. Under Joe's leadership, VTCRC was the recipient of the 2010 AURP Outstanding Research Park Award. Learn more.

Thank you Joe!
Member News: Purdue Research Park Profiled
Purdue Research Park, over the course of its 50 years as a certified tech park in Indiana, has helped fuel the development of research parks at Purdue and across the state, according to a story in The Exponent.

In 2015, Purdue announced plans to establish the Research Park Aerospace District by the airport, adding a new certified tech park.
Participating companies in the aerospace district include Saab Defense and Security, Rolls-Royce and Schweitzer Engineering Labs.

Statewide, Indiana's tech research parks are helping drive robust entrepreneurial and high-wage job growth. "Across seven of Indiana's 22 tech parks, there are about 350 technology-based companies providing approximately 6,000 jobs," according to the article. Learn more.
February 24-28, 2020
Tempe, AZ

AURP Spring Training 2020 returns to Tempe to tackle the challenges and initiatives of human development, future industries, place making, and communities.

Suit up with the pros for the knowledge exchange of new techniques and best practice strategies for your community, programs and team.

Meet face-to-face with senior-level executives to drive home these major league topics:

  • Futurist-in-Residence: Learning for the Future
  • Driving Connectivity: Experiencing the ASU Innovation Network
  • Impacts of AI, Machine Learning & Big Data on Research Parks & Innovation Communities
  • The Evolving Workforce: Real Estate, Construction, Services & Programming
  • The Future of Your Research Community: Strategic Planning for Diversity & Inclusion

Space is limited. REGISTER TODAY !
Membership Renewal Notices
REMINDER , renewal invoices are due by December 31, 2019 to remain as a current member.

Renewal notices were emailed in mid-November and reminders sent just earlier this week. Pay invoices through your online member profile.

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

Contact the AURP team with any questions!
Member News: Charlie D'Agostino Joins
Board of RedHawk Holdings Corp.
RedHawk Holdings Corp. has appointed AURP Past President (2015, 2017), Charles F. D'Agostino, to its Board of Directors.

Charlie is the retired founder and Executive Director of AURP Member LSU Innovation Park and the Louisiana Business & Technology Center at Louisiana State University and has been actively involved in entrepreneurship, economic development and technology transfer for the last 30 years.

Charlie served with distinction on AURP's Board (1999-2005 and 2011-2017) and was honored with AURP's Career Achievement Award in 2018.

Congratulations Charlie! 
Thank You
2019 Annual Corporate Sponsors
For more information on sponsorship opportunities, connect
with Brian Darmody or visit here .
Spotlight: AURP Member Portal
Expand your network at the touch of your fingertips!

Your unique member profile is your connection to all AURP membership.

Review and pay invoices.
Update your status profile (new title or website? You can update!)
Add headshot, institutional pictures or logo .
• Send and receive messages from your inbox, connecting to members around the world .
Make connections , i.e., add a ‘Friend’ connection.
• On My Community , use this field as a means to provide updates and ask questions to those specific friends.
• Send and monitor member E-List communications and best practices.
• Plus so much more.

Use the Member Log-in portal to rock
your knowledge-exchange community of innovation!
NC State Centennial Campus Breaks
Ground on Plant Sciences Building
AURP Member NC State Centennial Campus broke ground last September on its Plant Sciences Building.

The Plant Sciences Building will be built with the "flexibility to allow teams of scientists working on specific projects to move in and out of the building," according to NC State.

Flad Architects, which designed the five-story 185,000-square-foot building, will allow for “creative collisions — ones that would spark problem-solving."  Learn more.
The CEO's Corner: Brian Darmody
The Maryland Technology Development Corporation - TEDCO Entrepreneur Expo last October hosted the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of AURP's “HQ2” in the University of Maryland, College Park's Discover District.

The ceremony included many AURP friends and stars including MD⁩ Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz, AURP CEO Brian Darmody and AURP Board Member Julie Lenzer!
AURP's Brian Darmody was hosted by the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt this month where he presented on the history and evolution of research parks and innovation districts around the globe to a distinguished group of Egyptian university presidents and representatives of the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and other campus representatives. Follow up, including a visit to US research parks by a delegation from Egypt, is expected in 2020.
The Alliance for Support of Technology and Research in America (ASTRA) held an Opportunity Zone (OZ) briefing on Capitol Hill in the US Senate Russell Senate Office Building earlier this month (Dec. 5). The hearing included remarks by AURP's Brian Darmody, along with representatives from the National Governors Association (NGA), Opportunity Alabama, and the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute and others.

Many research parks and innovation districts across the US are part of OZs, Brian said, and new regulations expected to be issued soon may lead to an increase in the amount of capital available to research park infrastructure and operating businesses in OZs.
Happy Holidays! And a personal wish for Happy Holidays and a Prosperous 2020!

Questions for Brian? Connect at [email protected]

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

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