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CEO Blog (new postings)

October 18-21, 2021
September 15, 1:00-4:00 pm ET

Continuing Importance of University Career Centers, Corporate Partnerships and Research Parks/Innovation Districts
October 15, 2:00-4:00 pm ET
November 2-6, 2020
CHANGEMAKERS: Leading Communities of Innovation in Uncertainty
Our next virtual seminar is just days away!

America’s Bio and Pharma Manufacturing Renaissance
September 15th, 1:00-4:00 pm ET

The COVID-19 pandemic vividly demonstrates the need for refashioning the process to manufacture biological materials and create sustainable medical product supply lines for the US. New program funding, regulatory schemes and community engagement are all solutions as we witness the renaissance of life science manufacturing in the US, from Delaware to Alabama to California.

Join with the best and brightest experts in biopharma to be a part of the effort to create a resilient biopharma manufacturing infrastructure in response to COVID-19.
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Planning Co-Chairs
Member News: Tiffany Wilson Leads
The Science Center

Tiffany brings more than 18 years of leadership transitioning innovative medical technologies from benchtop to bedside, building partnerships across academia, industry and economic development organizations. She most recently served as CEO of Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI), an Atlanta-based non-profit dedicated to supporting the development and commercialization of innovative medical products.

Our congratulations to Tiffany and The Science Center!
Member News: Tecnológico de Monterrey Students, Faculty Host Bill Gates
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Bill Gates last month joined in on a virtual chat with students at Tecnológico de Monterrey along with José Antonio Fernández, its chairman of the board.

The special video conference, titled “Rethinking Society," was broadcast live to Tec students, faculty, staff and graduates. In this event, Gates discussed "the role that governments, universities, companies, and civil society can play in working together to find solutions to the current pandemic."

In response to one student question, Gates said "“We have to identify where the risks are. There are some, such as pandemics and climate change, which we don’t know exactly how bad they can get or when they might happen. That’s why we have to invest in the future,” he said. Read more.
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.
Regular Peer Networking Zoom Gatherings
Recordings available on the Digital Library and YouTube

Join AURP for the Peer to Peer (P2P) network to learn how others are dealing with these rapidly changing crises. Discussions include new best practices for maintaining your environment while meeting stakeholder expectations, employee privacy and safety, growth and financial strategies and more.

Learn through shared experiences and guest speakers. Sign up today!
Communicators Check-In
Sept 10 @ 12:00 pm ET

Kate Engel, Nebraska Innovation Campus, will lead the Communicators Check-In group (communications, marketing, community and tenant liaisons) to share communications strategies for parks/districts mission and initiatives.
VIRTUAL SEMINAR: The War for Talent, Oct. 15
Thursday, Oct 15, 2:00-4:00 pm ET

As corporations look to build long lasting relationships with universities to tap into technology and talent, establishing corporate research centers in university research parks is a growing strategy. But how do corporations work with universities in terms of attracting student workers and interns? What are the logistical, financial and ethical considerations in setting up corporate sponsored research centers adjacent to universities?

With emcee, AURP Vice President Leah Burton of Centennial Campus at NC State, join our panel of experts - including Shawn VanDerziel, Executive Director
National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE); Kimberly Eck, National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP), Associate Vice President for Research, Emory University; Kim Jacobs, Co-President, Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers (NACRO), - to engage a deep dive into the opportunities, complexities and successes in building place-based corporate centers in university research parks and innovation districts!
Member News: Virtual Groundbreaking
Set for Hub RTP, Sept. 22
Research Triangle Park is set to hold a Virtual Groundbreaking (Tues., Sept. 22, 11:00am ET) for its planned Hub RTP, which offers opportunities to develop up to 6 million square feet of innovative spaces inside the Park.

With modern hotels, greenspaces, offices, residences, restaurants and retail, HUB RTP will be a place to make connections and build community.

Learn more and register today! And our big congratulations to RTP!!
Member News: UArizona Wastewater
Testing Stops COVID-19 Spread
The University of Arizona (UA) is making international news and for a great cause!

As part of a coordinated effort to keep faculty, staff and students healthy on campus this fall, UA's Water and Energy Sustainable Technology Center (WEST) was able to stop the spread of COVID-19 during the first week of on-campus classes via testing wastewater at several locations to monitor for the presence of COVID-19.

On August 25, the WEST Center staff sampled wastewater from several dorms on campus. By that evening, analysis showed the presence of the virus at one location. Additional testing the next day confirmed the results, and antigen and PCR tests began at the dorm immediately to identify infected individuals.

Way to go UA!! Read more.
Member News: University of IL Research Park Issues RFI for New Development
The University of Illinois Research Park is seeking information via project-based proposals to accelerate the Research Park's development in accordance with the University of Illinois' Master Plan.

The University's RFI seeks strategies and proposals for development "to further a live-work-play-learn location. This RFI is designed to explore interest in such projects, project feasibility, and proposed development terms."

Note: the Research Park will host a one-hour Pre-Proposal Conference and Information Session on September 15 (1:00 to 2:00 pm CST) to provide background information on the development area, review the RFI process, and allow participant questions.

Responses will be accepted until Wednesday September 30, 2020. Learn more.
Meetings Matter
Nov 2-6 | Daily at 2:00-4:30 pm ET

Mark your calendar for AURP WEEK!

AURP's International Conference (#AURPWEEK) will be a new exchange, one never experienced before.

As part of our interactive strategic program, one session you won't want to miss is Decision 2020: Predictions From the US Election.

With the US Presidential Election being held (on Nov. 3) over our conference dates, legislative predictions for the future will be a highlight of Decision 2020 with our esteemed panel of experts, including Van Scoyoc Associates' Leslee Gilbert and Tom Quinn, plus SSTI's Dan Berglund and InBIA's Charles Ross, who will share an up-to-the-moment outlook following Election Day 2020. Plus glean facts of why tech innovation is as pertinent today as it was in 1980 with Bayh-Dole Act at 40

Together, we are the CHANGEMAKERS. CHECK IT OUT
Gathering high level executives from universities, innovation and medical districts, federal/state agencies, research companies, and the many supporting suppliers related to these communities - engagement opportunities at AURP WEEK are unique, limited, and within your reach. Learn more.

OR learn more about VIRTUAL TOURS to share your unique story to our global network.
Member News: K-State Foundation Says "Welcome to The Edge!"
Kansas State University and the KSU Foundation announce launch of the Edge Collaboration District at K-State (formerly known as the North Campus Corridor). The KSU Foundation says this rebranding "reflects the strategic move beyond a geographical name to encompass a growing community of diversified corporate, technical and research partners."

The Edge Collaboration District is where industry, K-State research and the creation of workforce talent come together to produce meaningful innovations and real outcomes for Kansas and beyond, inspired by the university's land-grant mission.

More than a dozen industry partners and six academic colleges are represented in the Edge Collaboration District, comprising $2 billion of current and planned infrastructure investment. This includes the K-State Research Park, K-State Office Park, National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, Biosecurity Research Institute, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Agriculture's Grain Science and Industry Complex. Read more.
EDA Makes $2M Available for STEM Talent
Our partners at SSTI report the US Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship released a funding opportunity this morning for a new STEM Talent Challenge.

The opportunity provides $2 million in total to governmental and nonprofit entities working to implement STEM apprenticeship models in their regions. Applicants may request up to $300,000 for an 18-24-month project.

EDA says it's seeking projects that will expand work-based learning for adults, increase regional innovation capacity and expand diversity in STEM. Proposals are due October 14. Read more.
Check out the AURP Career Center to discover your next career opportunity:

  • Associate Vice President, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
  • Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO
  • Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, West Virginia Regional Technology Park, South Charleston, WV

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!