Welcome to Our
New #AURP Members!
Elevate innovation and prepare for high collaboration and engagement at the #AURP 2021 International Conference, hosted by the University of Utah Research Park,
October 18-21 in Salt Lake City, UT!

AURP and the Conference Planning Teams are excited to welcome you in Salt Lake City where our goal is to provide a safe and engaging conference for everyone.

Reconnect face-to-face, or virtually, with 200+ of the foremost global innovation leaders - YOUR PEERS - at "Innovation Elevated," our HYBRID 2021 International Conference in beautiful Salt Lake City!

Take a deep dive in our extended intensive sessions including LAUNCH POINT Creating Communities of Innovation 101; Leadership Roundtable What is the Role of Research Parks in DEI Efforts?; and our inaugural AURP Space Day Building Space & Aerospace Communities on the Ground. Check out more in the virtual preliminary conference program!

Even our Opening Keynote Session will be held alfresco in the majestic Red Butte Garden open-air amphitheater followed by Awards of Excellence Gala at the Natural History Museum of Utah - BOTH located ON the University of Utah Research Park campus! From life science and economic development tours, dine-arounds in Downtown Salt Lake, hikes in the hill country - learn, grow, and experience the beauty of Salt Lake City.

The BEE HIVE will be a hub of activity - much like our varied Communities of Innovation! From connecting with our many sponsoring organizations, timely table topic discussions, serve up as guest speaker at The Commons (featuring podcast host Tom Osha of Wexford Science & Technology), then get your own 5-minutes of fame at our NESTS to share your project or case study in our 'micro theaters' with plug and play capabilities.

At The University Of Utah Encounter - our Living Case Study In Innovation - we jet set straight to the heart of this leading innovation hub. See why this Park was honored as our 2019 Outstanding Research Park - a 21st Century Research Park alight and alive!

Welcome to COI Launch Point! This abbreviated Communities of Innovation 101 will serve as your launch point of discovery - an overview of what you need to know, plus considerations for your research park or district. 

Monday, October 18
1:30pm - 4:00pm
Participate in our annual Leadership Roundtable - this year we will explore your ecosystem's distinctive assets, resources, partners, and barriers that will influence your research park's unique DEI strategies.

Tuesday, October 19
8:15am - 11:30am
Converging state, regional and national leaders will gather to unearth the policy and tactics at #AURP Space Day to cultivate innovation clusters on the ground as they observe and investigate the skies above.

Thursday, October 21
9:30am - 4:30pm
Corporate Member Opportunity: RFI/RFP

Learn about the latest RFPs and RFIs from AURP's Member Community
Request for Information - University of California, Santa Cruz / UCSC MBEST

The University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) campus is seeking RFI Proposals from interested consultants to advise and assist in the entitlement, development, disposition, and marketing of the UCSC MBEST site, previously knowns as the U.S. Army Fort Ord Base. RFI Proposals must be received no later than 5:00 PM on September 17, 2021. More information.

Request for Proposal - Killeen Innovation District

The Fort Hood Regional Economic Development Corporation (FHRED) is seeking a professional consultant to develop and facilitate the Master Planning process that will guide FHRED and partner entities in the development of an innovation ecosystem in Killeen, TX. Learn more.
#AURP Member & Industry News
Tues., Sept. 7, 2:00pm - 3:00pm ET
The US Economic Development Administration (EDA) has launched its $1 billion "Build Back Better Regional Challenge" that aims to provide a transformational investment to 20-30 regions across the country that want to revitalize their economies. 

Among the eligible entities that may apply include: a) institutions of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education and b) public or private non-profit organizations or associations acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State. There are two distinct program phases with key deadlines to note:

  • Phase 1 deadline is October 19, 2021
  • Phase 2 deadline is March 15, 2022

Oklahoma State University has announced the creation of a new institute - the Oklahoma Aerospace Institute for Research and Education (OAIRE) - aimed at supporting aerospace industry growth in Oklahoma and beyond. OAIRE, which will bring the state’s aerospace innovation economy together under one umbrella, will support ongoing and future partnerships between university, commercial, military and government agencies to help bring commercial enterprise and military sustainment support to the state. OAIRE's scope also will involve the Oklahoma City Innovation District plus conduct K-12 outreach programs focused on STEM connections, building the Oklahoma aerospace workforce pipeline and promoting community involvement. Read more.
Wexford Science & Technology, a national innovation district developer that partners exclusively with universities, academic medical centers, and research institutions, is launching the Wexford Innovation Labs at 850 PBC, the firm’s newest development located in the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. Opening in mid-2022, the Wexford Innovation Labs will initially comprise 34,500 square feet of flexible lab, office, and lab support facilities specifically designed to meet the rigorous needs of growing life science companies. These flexible lab spaces are also paired with full-service amenities such as shared lab equipment; weekly networking and educational programming; and flexible terms. Read more.
Sylvan Source, a University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI) client, is a winner of the world’s largest startup pitch contest, the Unicorn Battle Final Cup, held last month. Sylvan Source is part of an elite group of international startups from different industries that competed and won the preliminary Unicorn Battles. The best companies were selected during the preliminary Unicorn Battles® covering North America, Latin America, Silicon Valley, Asia, Middle East, Southeastern Asia & Oceania, Africa, Eastern & Western Europe this Spring. Sylvan Source was the only top three award-winner from the United States. The UACI is part of Tech Parks Arizona, which brings together university, industry and community, creating “interactive ground” to advance technology innovation. Read more.
the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has launched its STEM Talent Challenge to support programs to train science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) talent and fuel regional innovation economies across the nation. The $2 million STEM Talent Challenge will provide funding for work-and-learn programs to increase America’s STEM-capable workforce in emerging and transformative sectors such as space commerce, aeronautics, digital manufacturing, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity. Competition applicants may request up to $250,000 for implementation of a 24-month workforce program that complements their region’s innovation economy. The deadline to apply is Oct. 12, 2021. Read more.
Climate scientists at NC State, home to the NC State Centennial Campus, are studying how climate change alters weather, sanitation and soil, and are working to include the voices of people of color and people in low-income communities who are most likely to be affected by climate change. This new research aims to ensure that groups facing the highest risks with a changing climate aren’t overlooked. “We understand climate change as a threat multiplier, in which these existing climate and non-climate stressors work and aggravate existing health disparities or social inequalities, pollution and health systems issues,” said Jennifer Runkle, an environmental epidemiologist at the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies. Read more.
#AURP CEO Corner
Innovation America recently featured an article by #AURP CEO Brian Darmody on "Preparing for the Endless Frontier: What Universities, States and Regions Should Do Now While Congress Finalizes Its Plans?" Brian writes: "Collectively this is one of the largest investments in applied research and tech based economic development undertaken by the federal government." Read more.
Check out the AURP Career Center to discover your next career opportunity:

  • Executive Director, PIC MC Foundation, Montgomery College
  • CEO, Harvard Allston Land Company, Harvard University
  • Work from Purdue Project Manager, Purdue Research Foundation
  • Real Estate Executive Director, Colorado State University Research Foundation (CSURF)
  • Business Development Manager, Innovation Partnership Building, UConn Tech Park
  • Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Colorado Denver
  • Industry Research Alliances Specialist, San José State University
  • Executive Director, Illinois Medical District Commission
  • President and Chief Executive Officer, Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Inc. (NIIC)
  • Partnership Developer, North Carolina State University
  • Associate Vice President of Research, San Jose State University

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!