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Spring Training 2022
Feb. 21-24 | Tempe, AZ

Research Parks & Innovation Districts Rebooted
Research Parks and Innovation Districts remain the drivers of innovation, entrepreneurship and trending R&D — all formulating a sustainable future. Physical, programmatic and stakeholder engagement strategies are pertinent to the plan for these sustainable and thriving communities.

AURP Spring Training 2022 returns to Tempe Missions Palms in Tempe, AZ to tackle these challenges and inter-related initiatives.

Repeatedly cited as “AURP’s best event ever” for leadership growth and collaboration, AURP and Spring Training is THE "go to" professional development network to perfect your pitch.
Meet face-to-face with senior-level research park, innovation district, incubator/accelerator executives to exchange on major league topics and their convergence points. 2022 topics include:

  • Creating Robust University-Industry Partnerships
  • Building Communities of Innovation DAY: Design for a Collaborative & Sustainable Future
  • Curating Local & Regional Champions
  • Federal & State Financing for Your Community of Innovation
  • Programming at All Stages of Your Park/District’s Development
Bring your questions and case studies — be prepared to participate in meaningful discussions with top subject-matter experts. This AURP intensive is a strictly workshop format — therefore space is limited. This will be an extraordinary learning opportunity. Make plans early to reserve your spot.
AURP Membership Renewal Notices
REMINDER, renewal invoices are due now to remain a current AURP Member.

Invoices can be paid through your online member profile.

It's also 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!
#AURP Member & Industry News
The Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) conference, Jan. 11-13, is relevant to AURP Members with life science-focused companies eager to get in front of investors. Plus, this virtual conference is offering a special 50% registration discount for AURP Members to participate. Learn more (and access the discount code) via their brochure here. This RESI event attracts incubators, tech transfer offices, universities, hospitals, research labs and their constituents to enable access to investors and channel partners. This event also serves biotech, medtech, diagnostics, and digital health companies that are sourcing global investors and strategic partners to create relationships and pitch to secure funding from Seed to Series B. Learn more and register.
The Harold Hamm Foundation and Continental Resources are making a combined $50 million gift to create the Hamm Institute for American Energy at Oklahoma State University. The Hamm Institute’s mission is to educate the next generation of energy leaders cementing Oklahoma’s legacy as a global energy leader. The initial funding for the institute and project will be a gift of $50 million — $25 million from the Harold Hamm Foundation and $25 million from Continental Resources. The Hamm Institute will be located in what was formerly known as OSU Discovery in the Oklahoma City Innovation District, and will become the primary and permanent occupant of the building. Read more.
After its December 18 launch, when NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) achieved orbit and unfurled the 18 gold-coated beryllium segments of its 6.5-meter primary mirror, over two decades of crucial University of Alabama in Huntsville (an anchor tenant of Cummings Research Park) partnership in the project will also blossom.
The technical challenges of JWST allied UAH as a partner in the international project with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, Johnson Space Center and private industry. Learn more.
Tom Osha, Executive Vice President with Wexford Science & Technology, as host of The Commons podcast, conducted a series of expert interviews and dialogue with a number of attendees at our 2021 AURP International Conference last October at the University of Utah Research Park. As part of this series, The Commons now features Tom's just-released recorded interview with AURP CEO Brian Darmody, on the 35-year history of AURP and the importance and impact of the Communities of Innovation represented by its members. Listen here.
APLU's Commission on Economic and Community Engagement has named Kimberly Gramm, Associate Vice President of Innovation & Entrepreneurship with Texas Tech University and the Innovation Hub at Research Park, to its Class of 2024 Executive Committee. CECE's Executive Committee, which helps shape the direction of the Commission and advises APLU on funded research and initiatives, includes the University of Maryland, College Park's (and past AURP Board member) Julie Lenzer, who serves as CECE's Vice-Chair for Economic Engagement. In addition, Kimberly was a plenary luncheon presenter at our 2021 AURP International Conference last October at the University of Utah Research Park.
#AURP CEO Corner
AURP CEO Brian Darmody will join with Collaborative Real Estate's David Tyndall in leading a panel on "From Talent Pool to Research Park/Innovation Districts" at the UIDP Face2Face spring conference, March 29-31, in Atlanta. Brian and David's session will cover research hubs; the role of incubators and accelerators in creating research parks; and examples of HBCUs building innovation spaces around their campuses and linking to corporations. Learn more
AURP CEO Brian Darmody is quoted in an article on "Innovation Ecosystem: COPT's longtime partnership with the University of Maryland, College Park is helping to turn a great college town into a center of innovation" in the September/October issue of REIT Magazine.

"The trend now is to create a live, work, play environment with universities, whether that's housing, retail, childcare, or other amenities," said Brian. Read more.
Bisnow covered Brian serving as a Panel Moderator last month at the Mid-Atlantic Life Science And Biotech Summit in North Bethesda, MD. Brian discussed developing larger, region-wide life science hubs via more public and private partnerships. “The distance between NC State and Duke is about the same distance as between Johns Hopkins and College Park, but we view College Park and Baltimore as two different regions, whereas Research Triangle, they’ve surmounted that," said Brian. Read more.
Check out the AURP Career Center to discover your next career opportunity:

  • Director for Advancement, Corporate and Foundation Relations, University of Central Florida
  • Vice Chancellor for Real Estate, University of Pittsburgh
  • Director, Real Estate, University of Delaware

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!