#AURP Upcoming Events
Feb. 21-24, Tempe, AZ
May 11-12, University of Delaware
September 19-22, Toronto, ONT
June 12-13, San Diego, CA
Prior to BIO International Convention

Seeking Host Proposals for 2023 |
Proposal Deadline: May 6, 2022 

Gain prestige and respect among your peers — submit your proposal to host AURP’s 2023 International Conference!

As an AURP International Conference host, you’ll gain international recognition for your research community and help shape content for the conference.

Recent conferences have been hosted by the University of Utah Research Park, Georgia Tech’s Tech Square, University of Maryland Discovery District,and and of course our upcoming 2022 conference to be hosted by MaRS Discovery District, McMaster Innovation Park and David Johnston Research + Technology Park in Toronto, Canada, September 19-22. Learn more at www.aurp.net

Host Proposal deadline: May 6, 2022. Send your proposal to Vickie Palmer at vickiepalmer@aurp.net. 
#AURP Member & Industry News
The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education recently announced the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (home of the bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park) is now in the category of doctoral universities with high research activity (known as R1). UMBC is now ranked as one of only 146 R1 institutions nationally, including 107 public and 39 private universities. Read more.
The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) - an anchor tenant of Cummings Research Park - also has achieved the highest research activity rating in the 2021 update of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UAH is now ranked as R1 – "Very high research activity” status among doctoral-granting universities in the Carnegie classifications. UAH last was ranked R1 in 2014. Read more.
The University of California, Davis, the city of Sacramento and project developer Wexford Science and Technology this week celebrated a milestone in the UC Davis's Aggie Square project with a ceremonial groundbreaking. Located on UC Davis’ Sacramento campus, Aggie Square is an innovation hub that brings together university research and teaching, industry and the community to create opportunities for communities across the region. Read more.
The Utah Governor's Office of Economic Opportunity Business Elevated Podcast recently hosted #AURP CEO Brian Darmody and University of Utah Research Park's Jonathon Bates with the State of Utah's Pete Codella on the topic of Utah's prowess in fostering innovation and business growth. Discussion centered on how and why 85% of Utah's life science companies trace their roots to the University of Utah. Listen here.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Castillo visited Philadelphia last month to announce eight grant recipients for the 2022 $2 million STEM Talent Challenge (which includes Philly's Wistar Institute) while Assistant Secretary Castillo also visited University City Science Center (which was a 2021 STEM Talent Challenge grantee). Read more.
Kate Ryan, who serves on AURP's Membership Committee, joins McCownGordon Construction as a business development manager in its Manhattan, KS office. McCownGordon Construction is recognized as one of the region’s largest construction managers with offices in Missouri, Kansas and Texas. 
BioMADE, a new Manufacturing USA Institute located at the University of Minnesota, has awarded $5.8 million in federal funds to 16 projects aimed at accelerating U.S. bio-manufacturing knowledge, capabilities and workforce. AURP's Brian Darmody will discuss bio-manufacturing at AURP's BIO Health Caucus in San Diego, June 12-13. Read more.
Jessa Turner, director of communications for Tech Parks Arizona, has been appointed 2022 president of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Southern Arizona Chapter.
The PRSA Southern Arizona Chapter serves members and professionals throughout the Greater Tucson region and beyond including surrounding communities from Douglas to Yuma. Read more.
AURP Membership: Are you exploring how your region
can become a technology hub?
AURP U.S. Membership Map (as of January 2022)
Connect with your peer regional tech hubs by becoming a Member of AURP. Our AURP Members gain access to a global network of the brightest minds in regional technology communities to forge the long-term relationships that define AURP’s membership through connections. Learn more via our new brochure!

Check out the AURP Career Center to discover your next career opportunity, including:

  • Executive Director, BioBAT, Brooklyn, NY
  • Vice President of Research, University of Minnesota
  • Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, University System of MD

Would you like to showcase your Community of Innovation, tenant or university activities (including newly released Impact Reports) in an upcoming AURP Park Post? We want to hear your stories and news to share with our greater AURP community. Email us today!