CEO Roundtable - Mar. 17
Communicators Check-In - April 6

How the SBA Can Help
Companies in Your Park
March 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

"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.
Member News: International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory Joins AURP
We're delighted to announce the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory, managed by the Center For The Advancement Of Science In Space (CASIS), has joined our global community of innovation as our first orbiting AURP Member.

“As manager of the ISS National Lab, CASIS is constantly seeking new avenues to educate researchers on how the unique space-based environment of our orbiting laboratory can enable discoveries not possible on Earth,” said Christine Kretz, CASIS Vice President of Programs and Partnerships. “Through this collaboration with AURP, we look forward to reaching new audiences who might find value in taking their research and technology development to new heights.” Read the press release.

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

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


Even in a virtual world, one of the greatest benefits of Spring Training, besides the dynamic discussions and information sharing, is networking with your AURP colleagues! Take a look at our schedule of events:

AURP Spring Training Opening Reception
Wednesday, April 7 * 5:00 – 6:00 pm Eastern
Show off your university or team colors, grab your favorite beverage and do some serious (yet totally fun) networking to kick-off Spring Training 2021! And study up on your knowledge base for our inaugural pop-/innovation-trivia!

Informal Lunch Groups
Each Thursday in April from 12:00 - 12:30 pm Eastern
Join this intimate group of distinguished professionals for a one-of-a-kind experience and midday networking beyond compare!

PLUS, CHECK THIS OUT - 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 (DUE BY MARCH 24TH).

2021 Module Topics:
  • April 7 - Opening Reception with Trivia Games
  • April 8 - Beyond Real Estate: The Ecosystem Place
  • April 15 - Smart City Technology in Innovation Districts
  • April 22 - Building Inclusive & Equitable Communities of Innovation: Essential DEI Strategies
  • April 29 - The Geography of Innovation
Member News: NNSA Albuquerque Complex Next to SS&TP Nears Completion
Construction of the new National Nuclear Security Administration’s John A. Gordon Albuquerque Complex, adjacent to the Sandia Science & Technology Park (SS&TP), is set to be complete in about five months.

The SS&TP reports the 330,000-square-foot facility will house roughly 1,200 employees supporting NNSA’s national security missions. While work on the exterior is nearly finished, significant interior work remains to prepare the complex for occupancy.

The new facility, which is located within Kirtland Air Force Base and Sandia National Laboratories site, was designed to meet LEED Gold requirements and will be energy and resource efficient. Watch this video tour of the new complex. Read more.
Welcome to Our Newest AURP Members!
Partner News: SSTI's IAC Holds Virtual Hill Days to Support Federal Innovation Programs
Our partner organization, the State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI), reports members of its Innovation Advocacy Council (IAC) held its annual "Hill Days" virtually to advocate for increases to FY 2022 appropriations for key innovation programs.

US Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI), vice-chair of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, kicked off the Hill Days meetings (two dozen in total with members of Congress) with a focus on funding for the Economic Development Administration’s Build to Scale program; the Small Business Administration’s Regional Innovation Clusters; and the Federal and State Technology Partnership program among other related programs. Read more.
Member News: University of Utah Wins APLU Community Engagement Award
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) last fall named the University of Utah the winner of the 2020 C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award in recognition of the university's extraordinary community outreach.

“We applaud the University of Utah for its comprehensive approach to community engagement,” said APLU President Peter McPherson.

The University of Utah partnered with Salt Lake City's west side neighborhoods to form University Neighborhood Partners (UNP) to advance hyperlocal community engagement. UNP convenes university faculty, staff, and students, west side residents, and local organizations and institutions to address resident-identified priorities in education, leadership and community capacity and well-being. Read more.
Reminder: US EDA Application Deadline for Build to Scale Program is April 29
Quick reminder from one of our recent Park Post editions: the US EDA is accepting applications through April 29 for its Build to Scale program, a $38 million funding opportunity that fuels tech-based economic development in regional economies.

The FY21 Build to Scale program is comprised of two competitions – the Venture Challenge and the Capital Challenge. The Venture Challenge seeks to support high-growth entrepreneurship, accelerate company growth in the applicant’s region, and scale proven entrepreneurship support models.

Eligibility is open to cities, counties, states, plus nonprofit institutions of higher education, public-private partnerships, research parks, federal labs, venture development organizations, economic development organizations or a consortium of these. Read more.
Industry News: Bayh-Dole Coalition Hosts Webinar on March-In Rights, March 25
The Bayh-Dole Coalition and the ITIF are set to host a webinar (Thurs., March 25, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm ET) on "March-In Rights for Federally-Funded Inventions: A Primer."

Bayh-Dole's "march-in" provision — which allows the government to mandate the relicensing of federally-funded innovations in limited circumstances — is often subject to misinterpretation. This webinar aims to clarify the provision's intent and explain how Bayh-Dole's march-in right can and cannot be used. Learn more and register.
Member News: HR&A's Mason Ailstock Joins Task Force for New Innovation District in GA
Mason Ailstock (AURP Past President and Board Member) and Partner with AURP Member HR&A) is playing a key leadership role in helping to guide development of a major new innovation district, called Rowen, to be developed in metro Atlanta's Gwinnett County.

The project's lead is the Rowen Foundation, which owns the 2,000 acre property and is developer of the real estate.

Ailstock is part of a task force of diverse local and state leaders (representing government, business, history, culture and education) who will help local leaders determine how the project should evolve over the next 12-24 months. Read more.
Industry News: Google to Renew Lease at Stanford Research Park
Google has plans to renew its lease at Palo Alto’s Stanford Research Park with Hudson Pacific Properties (HPP) for another seven-year term beginning this December 2021, according to Connect CRE. Google's 207,857-square-foot lease is located at 3400 Hillview.

Victor Coleman, chairman and chief executive officer of Hudson Pacific Properties said, “We anticipate this momentum will continue given the demand for content, record venture capital flows, and further economic re-opening and vaccine distributions, all of which will drive growth and more tenants back to the office in our markets.” Read more.
CEO Corner: Brian Darmody Leads Virtual Seminar on New Government, New Policies
AURP CEO Brian Darmody led an AURP Virtual Seminar (co-hosted by the IEDC), Feb. 24, on "A Look at Programs & Policies Under the Biden Administration & New Congress."

Our seminar featured an expert panel of policy analysts and practitioners - all of whom have helped build "communities of innovation" around universities, federal labs, hospital systems, cities and other anchor institutions - on how the new Biden Administration and Congress will reshape policies and programs in the years ahead. Watch the seminar here.
Check out the AURP Career Center to discover your next career opportunity:

  • Director, Operations & Logistics, The University of Utah Research Park
  • Vice President & Managing Director, Children's National Research & Innovation Center
  • Director, Rensselaer Technology Park
  • Associate Vice President Commercialization, University of Cincinnati
AURP Member RFPs
Visit the AURP RFP and RFQs Center to
learn about new project opportunities:

  • The University of Illinois Research Park - RFP Due: April 23, 2021

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.