CEO Roundtable - Mar. 2
Communicators Check-In - Mar. 3

A Look at Programs & Policies Under the Biden Administration & New Congress
Feb. 24, 1:30-3:00pm
Reshaping The Innovation Ecosystem

Virtual and Vital
June 8, 1:00-4:00pm ET
October 18-21, 2021
Salt Lake City, UT

Mark your calendar NOW to unite in 2021!
"AURP at 35"; 2021 predictions; Endless Frontier Act; 40th anniversary of the
Bayh-Dole Act; and more!
Our Salary Survey assists you to be more competitive by establishing appropriate employee compensation arrangements.
AURP Virtual Seminar, Feb. 24
A Look at Programs & Policies Under the Biden Administration & New Congress
A new White House and revamped Congress is underway in 2021. How will this impact communities of innovation and the companies in them? Join us for our special Virtual Seminar, hosted by AURP and the IEDC on Wed., February 24, 1:30pm-3:00pm ET.

Hear from leading policy analysts and practitioners - who have helped communities build "communities of innovation" around universities, federal labs, hospital systems, cities and other anchor institutions - on how the Biden Administration and the new Congress will reshape policies and programs in the upcoming years.

Anyone working on place-based or tech-based economic development should join with us in this webinar. Our panelists' experience and expertise will provide actionable insights and predictions into the next four years of new policies and programs.

Chief Innovation Officer,
UM College Park
Founder and CEO
Develop, LLC
Executive Director,
Interim President and CEO
Vice President, Global Innovation Policy, ITIF
Policy and Development Director, SSTI
Spring Training 2021

April 8, 15, 22, 29
12:00-2:30 pm Eastern

Research parks and innovation districts remain the resilient drivers in the world's knowledge economy.

Join us virtually for Spring Training 2021, where our innovation leaders will dive deep into discussions preparing you for opportunities and strategies for decades to come.

The Geography of Innovation
MIT REAP: Translate-Convene-Educate-Impact
MIT leaders Dr. Scott Stern and Travis Hunter will introduce the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (MIT REAP) providing opportunities for communities around the world to engage with MIT in an evidence-based, practical approach to strengthening innovation-driven entrepreneurial (IDE) ecosystems.

Additional 2021 Module Topics:
  • April 7 - Opening Reception with Trivia Games
  • April 8 - Beyond Real Estate: The Ecosystem Place
  • April 15 - Smart Cities
  • April 22 - Building Inclusive Communities of Innovation: Essential DEI Strategies
  • April 29 - The Geography of Innovation

Put on your running shoes to participate in our Virtual Half-Marathon to fund future student scholarships while grooving to our daily recommended playlists and podcasts.

SPONSORS are encouraged to sign up now for our limited spots at our Daily “7th Inning Stretch” with "podium time" with your peers plus plan on stuffers for our Snack Shack Swag Bags!
AURP President Leah Burton Submits Comments to USPTO on New "Expanding American Innovation" Program
Leah Burton, AURP President and Director, Centennial Campus Partnership Office and Industry Alliances, last week submitted a public comment in regard to the US Patent and Trademark Office’s "Request for Comments" on development of its National Strategy for Expanding American Innovation.

Leah writes: “As the leading nonprofit association in the United States representing research parks and innovation districts sponsored by universities, hospital systems, federal labs, and communities across the country, we applaud the leadership of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in developing a National Strategy for Expanding American Innovation (NCEAI). The objectives of our Association directly align with the goal of the NCEAI to help the USPTO develop a national strategy to build a more demographically, geographically, and economically inclusive innovation ecosystem." Read more.
Member News: VA Tech CRC's Brett Malone Interviewed on BioTalk Podcast
Brett Malone, PhD, President and CEO of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (VTCRC) was recently interviewed on BioHealth Innovation's BioTalk podcast, discussing regional expansion plans, strategic partnerships and success stories.

Malone's startup experience includes funding, partner development, early product strategy and go-to-market commercialization. Listen here.
Member News: AstraZeneca's
Joe Sanchez Profiled in MD's BioBuzz
In 2020, Joe Sanchez, PhD, was appointed Director, North America R&D Science Engagement, with AstraZeneca (AURP's newest Annual Sponsor). Maryland's BioBuzz has profiled Joe in a new article on his vision for growing the Baltimore-Washington BioHealth Capital Region (BHCR).

Sanchez will "lead AZ’s efforts to cultivate both the BHCR and similar ecosystem partnerships in other key North America geographies," according to BioBuzz. Sanchez also will lead AZ’s STEM regional programming and across the U.S. Read more.
Member News: Purdue's Greg Deason, Richard Michal Publish Column on "Placemaking"
With the impact of two major development projects in Northern Indiana - the Eddy Street Commons near the University of Notre Dame campus and Purdue Research Foundation’s Discovery Park District - "placemaking is about to take a giant leap forward," write Purdue Research Foundation's Gregory Deason and Richard Michal.

In their column just published in Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, Deason and Michal write that dynamic community projects like these redefine "the designing and development of community placemaking in less densely populated areas where full-scale placemaking is most effective and creates greater choices and opportunities for people who want to live, work, play and learn in their communities." Read More.
Welcome to Our Newest
AURP Members!
Welcome to Our Newest AURP
Annual Corporate Partner!
Members on the Move
Mark Schmidt has joined NC State as its new Associate Vice Chancellor for Partnerships.

In his new role, Mark will oversee the Office of Partnerships strategy for engaging with corporate, government and nonprofit partners, including the 75 partnerships on Centennial Campus. Schmidt will be responsible for launching initiatives to support NC State’s research advancements as well as the university’s critical role as an economic driver.

Mark also will serve as a key university leader responsible for advancing partnerships in alignment with the continued expansion of Centennial Campus, in collaboration with the Office of Real Estate and Development. Read more.
Member News: U. of DE's FinTech Innovation Hub Hits Construction Mid-Point
Construction of the FinTech Innovation Hub on the University of Delaware’s Science Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus hit the half-way mark last week.

The building, owned by Delaware Technology Park, will provide new collaborative space for students, researchers, financial technology experts, business and management specialists, entrepreneurs, banking leaders, policy makers and those focused on community reinvestment and consumer finance. Read more.
Industry News: LISC CEO Maurice Jones
to Step Down, Joining OneTen
The Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC) has announced its president and CEO, Maurice Jones, will be stepping down in March 2021.

Jones, who was a keynote presenter at AURP's 2020 International Conference last fall, has led LISC since 2016 and oversaw a period of tremendous growth and expansion of the 40-year-old organization (including more than $2 billion in community investments during 2020).

Jones will be taking the helm at OneTen, a newly formed venture launched by Fortune 500 corporations working to hire and advance 1 million Black Americans without four-year college degrees into family-sustaining jobs and careers over the next 10 years. He will continue to serve on the LISC board of directors. Read more.
Member News: RFU's Innovation and
Research Park Celebrates Ribbon Cutting
The $50 million Innovation and Research Park on the campus of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFU) marked its first anniversary with a virtual opening ceremony on Jan. 28, featuring dignitaries and leaders from the government, bioscience industry and economic development sectors.

Of the 100,000 square feet in the IRP, two-thirds are allocated to RFU research labs and six disease-based centers, while the remaining third is available to healthcare industries and startups. Read more.
Partner News: InBIA Invites Entrepreneurship Centers to Apply for New Incubator Program
The International Business Innovation Association is inviting U.S. entrepreneurship centers to get involved with its La Idea Incubator Program, a powerful initiative aimed at encouraging trade and commerce between Central America and the U.S.

According to InBIA, U.S. entrepreneurship centers designated as InBIA Soft Landings centers or seeking a Soft Landings designation can submit to host a bootcamp for cohorts of 10 entrepreneurs from Central America in several key industry sectors. Selected Soft Landing sites will receive $15,000 to host a cohort. Interested entrepreneurship center can apply online by February 22. Read more.
Check out the AURP Career Center to discover your next career opportunity:

  • Director, Incubation Services, UF Innovate
  • Vice President & Managing Director, Children's National Research & Innovation Center
  • Director, Rensselaer Technology Park
  • Associate Vice President Commercialization, University of Cincinnati

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 so we can share them with the greater AURP community. Email us today!
During unprecedented times, our
AURP Community is 'IN ACTION'!
Driving new engagement initiatives, educating municipalities and leaders on safety precautions, and driving innovation in resolve of the Covid-19 pandemic.