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CEO Blog (new postings)

October 18-21, 2021
Continuing Importance of University Career Centers, Corporate Partnerships and Research Parks/Innovation Districts
(complimentary for the innovation community)
October 15, 2:00-4:00 pm ET
November 2-6, 2020
CHANGEMAKERS: Leading Communities of Innovation in Uncertainty
AURP Memorial Tribute: Jim Roberson
The research park and economic development community lost one of its leaders last month with the death of Jim Roberson, 85. Testimonials:

Brian Darmody, CEO with AURP, said, "As part of a distinguished global career in economic development, Jim served as Past President of AURP ('96-'98) and past Chair of what is now called IEDC (International Economic Development Council). He also served as President of Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, one of the oldest and most famous research parks in the US."

Charles Dilks, past AURP Board Member and former Executive Vice President with the University City Science Center, said, "Jim was one of the first economic development leaders with research park experience, especially sophisticated in developing and implementing park marketing strategies. He led AURP with vision and tireless energy when the association was in its infancy. Even with all his success he was a man of great humility and grace."

Bill Dean, Executive Director with the Auburn Research & Technology Foundation, said, "Jim Roberson was a servant leader who focused on the growth and well-being of people, organizations and communities where he belonged. I am pleased to have known Jim and been part of his leadership while he served as President of the Association of University Research Parks. Jim and I spent time together discussing new trends in technology led economic development and how we could work together to improve the research park brand and expansion across the world. I am pleased to call Jim my friend with much admiration for his recognized leadership across so many organizations. Yes, Jim was a servant leader who will be remembered and missed."

Member News: Innovation Park of Tallahassee
Receives EDA Grant
Innovation Park has been awarded a $10.2 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to build the first mixed-use business incubator/accelerator of its kind in the region.

The North Florida Innovation Labs will be a new 40,000 square-foot facility located on 3.5 acres in Innovation Park and will be focused on helping hard science high-tech companies pioneer new technologies and create jobs, putting the Tallahassee region at the forefront of innovation.

North Florida Innovation Labs, the official name of the incubator, will be a new $17 million 40,000 square-foot facility, helping to put the Tallahassee region at the forefront of innovation. Read more.
Member News: Tech Parks AZ's Carol Stewart
Covered in Profile Magazine
Carol Stewart, Associate Vice President of Tech Parks Arizona and past AURP President, has been put in the spotlight by nationally focused business publication, Profile Magazine.

In its most recent issue, Profile writes of Carol: "Stewart is a widely recognized leader in the technology park world, having served as the CEO of the Association of University Research Parks, which represents two hundred research parks across the world. In this role, she influenced national policy in Canada, created standardized programs for tech parks, helped establish national and international business networks, and assisted countries with the development of their national science and technology policies. Tech Parks Arizona, a quarter century old when Stewart took the reins in December 2018, with a track record of success and potential for rapid growth — an exciting reason to make the move." Read more.
Member News: Amy Adams of George Mason University featured in BioBuzz

AURP member, Amy Adams', was the recent feature of BioBuzz' “5 Questions With…” a weekly series from the BioHealth Capital Region sharing a little about these individual's, their work, and maybe something completely unrelated. This edition features 5 Questions with Amy Adams, Executive Director of the Institute for Biohealth Innovation at George Mason University. Read more.
And the Winner of Our #AURPWEEK
Amazon Gift Card Raffle is . . .

Congratulations to our winner,
Mary Mumper, Project Coordinator with UC Davis Aggie Square!
Register before COB on Friday, Oct 16th for our next drawing!
Ty Shattuck, McMaster Innovation Park on
Disruption at #AURPWEEK
November 2-6 | Daily
See online agenda for times, sessions & speakers

Mark your calendar for AURP WEEK

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

For #AURPWeek, renowned "changemakers" Ty Shattuck, Chief Executive Officer, McMaster Innovation Park, along with Kevin Byrne, Past President, AURP; President, The University Financing Foundation, will be our Main Auditorium facilitators (Fri., Nov. 6) to share their insights on "Shaping the New Normal: Are Research Parks Being Disrupted?"

For many, research parks are all about the buildings and facilities. How are research parks and innovation districts staying relevant in a world that potentially is shifting to a virtual footing? Should we be pivoting to another model? We have learned and shared so much throughout our week together, exchanging new strategies for success, as well as existing challenges to overcome.

This final session, a culmination of this week's discussions, in virtual roundtable format, and will allow attendees to elicit just how our world is changing as we strive to come out whole on the other side of social distancing. Our collective community ARE the subject matter specialists and along with roundtable facilitators, we will make sense of the "new normal" as we continue to deliver the value of our communities of innovation. Learn more!

Together, we are the CHANGEMAKERS. CHECK IT OUT
Get creative. Tell a story. Share your worth. Show your CHANGEMAKER status in the community.

Learn more about VIRTUAL TOURS to share your unique story to our global network.

With AURP’s motto “If you’ve seen one research park, you’ve only seen one research park”, at this year’s virtual conference #AURPWEEK, we invite our global network to submit your video to introduce your research park or innovation district through Virtual Tours. 

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.
Welcome to Our Newest Member
Thank You - Annual Corporate Sponsor
Celebrating a decade of inquiry, exploration, and innovation, explore Perkins and Will's Innovation Incubator program and read of the sampling of innovation stories available through this unique opportunity.
Member News: UUtah Launches
the PIVOT Center
The University of Utah has formed the Partners for Innovation, Ventures, Outreach & Technology (PIVOT) Center, a centralized office that will drive the university’s expanding efforts for economic engagement for the greater Utah community.

The new office builds on the work by the Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization (TVC), to serve as a hub to foster partnerships between industry, university and government entities. This effort formalizes the U’s commitment to increase its impact on Utah’s economy by catalyzing innovation. Read more.
The War for Talent, Oct. 15
This Webinar is complimentary (free of charge)
to attend thanks to our sponsor, Riipen!
CEO Corner: New Blog on the Bayh-Dole Act
AURP CEO Brian Darmody writes a new blog post on the importance of the Bayh-Dole Act on its 40th anniversary:

"Both the biotech industry and venture capital would look very different if the Bayh-Dole had not passed back in 1980, stimulating the growth of startup companies and new bio technologies in the US."

Regular Peer Networking Zoom Gatherings
Recordings available on the Digital Library and YouTube

Learn through shared experiences and guest speakers. Sign up today!

P2P | Wednesday, Oct 14th @ 2:00 pm ET
Join in on our next AURP Peer to Peer (P2P) gathering 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.

Communicators Check-In | Oct 22nd @ 12:00 pm ET
The Communicators Check-In group (communications, marketing, community and tenant liaisons) share communications strategies for parks/districts mission and initiatives.
Check out the AURP Career Center to discover your next career opportunity:

  • President and Chief Executive Officer, The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), Research Triangle, NC
  • 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!
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.