Brian Darmody Announced as AURP CEO &
Launches ‘AURP HQ2’ in Washington, DC Area
AURP is proud to announce the appointment of Brian Darmody , Associate Vice President of Corporate Engagement at the University of Maryland (UMD), as its new CEO. Brian, in his role as the Vice-Chair of the AURP Government Relations Committee, is a frequent speaker on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC covering topics that include research, entrepreneurship, federal opportunity zones (OZ), and a variety of government initiatives regarding technology and innovation. He plans to expand outreach to state governments, research universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), community colleges, federal labs, corporations and communities to increase interest and build research parks and innovation districts.

Additionally, we’d like to announce our new ‘AURP HQ2' offices at the UMD Discovery District in the Washington, DC area. Brian will take up his new role at the new DC-area office, which is located in a federal opportunity zone.

These new offices will help to promote the growth of international delegations exploring research parks and universities in North America, as well as to help research park tenants who wish to develop a global presence. Members will be able to use the office space when visiting the DC-area, visit embassies, Congress, federal agencies or trade associations.
Knowing what makes your area attractive for new business development is just the beginning, but how can your city become a cradle for a tech boom? A recent article in Inc. highlights 50 of the best cities in the US to start a business.

Underneath the new buildings and programs for each of these cities, lies the heart, soul, and people that make up each community. Each of these cities has found a way to take what makes them unique, focus on it, and make it great. Often there's venture capital or established corporate and industrial ties that help in funding these bursts of innovation, but most times, it's born out of university research parks and innovation centers.

Take a look at what these 50 cities are doing to leverage the people, relationships, and industries to provide the a home for new business.
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AURP is accepting speaker proposals for for its
2019 International Conference November 4-7.

Submissions due before March 29, 2019.
AURP Member News
Cliff Hawks Steps Down as CEO

Cliff Hawks, who took over as CEO of Cherokee Farm Development Corporation in 2012 to help develop The University of Tennessee Research Park at Cherokee Farm, stepped down from his role as CEO. Read more.

Good luck in your future endeavors Cliff!
Congratulation to FAU’s Andrew Duffell

AURP welcomes Nicholas Duffell into this great big world and wishes the Duffell family much joy and prosperity on their new arrival. This is the third child for the Duffells and Nicholas is welcomed into the family by his big brother and sister.
Chuck Hoge to Resign as Executive Director

Chuck Hoge has announced his plans to resign as the Executive Director of the North Dakota State University Research and Technology Park as of April 15 to accept a position as the CFO of Life Action Ministries in his hometown in southwest Michigan. Read more.

Congratulations Chuck!

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