AURP and our community continues to remain resilient and thrive - leading with steadfast enthusiasm in this time of uncertainty. Given your daily demands, AURP's mission is to engage impactful collaboration in manageable nuggets throughout AURP WEEK - November 2-6 every day from 2PM - 4:30PM EST.
Mark your calendar to begin check-in at 1:45 each day to view Virtual Tours of Park and Innovation Districts from around the globe!

 

Friday, November 6, 2020

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM Networking Ice Breakers
Virtual Park/District Tours
2:00 PM - 2:35 PM

WELCOMING REMARKS

AWARD PRESENTATION: OUTSTANDING RESEARCH PARK / INNOVATION DISTRICT
Awards Chair: Chris Carlson, Senior Vice President, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

INNOVATION ELEVATED IN 2021 / SALT LAKE CITY, UT
October 18-21, 2021
Jon Bates,
Executive Director, Real Estate Administration & Research Park, University of Utah Research Park
UNITED WE RISE! With great anticipation and thirsting for face-to-face collaboration, we look forward to seeing again in 2021 in Salt Lake City. Our hosts at the University of Utah Research Park welcomes our community of innovation.

MAIN AUDITORIUM 
ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY OF ANCHOR INSTITUTIONS IN COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Maurice Jones,
President & CEO, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Brian Darmody, CEO, AURP
Colleges, universities, federal labs, and hospital systems are often a community's largest employer. What role and responsibility do health care anchor institutions have to local economic engagement, such as buying and hiring locally, and creating outreach supporting communities of innovation around their institution? Special guest, Maurice Jones, President & CEO of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), one of the nation's largest non-profit financing intermediaries, will share LISC’s mission to provide the capital, strategy and know-how to local partners to impact the lives of millions of Americans in both rural areas and urban centers across the country.

2:40 PM - 3:20 PM

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

LEVERAGING UNIVERSITY CENTERS, CONSORTIUMS & INSTITUTES TO INCREASE CAMPUS COLLISIONS  
Behnam Pourdeyhimi,
PhD, Executive Director, The Nonwovens Institute, NC State University
Veena Misra,
PhD, Director, ASSIST Center, NC State University
Keisha Demps,
Partnership Developer, Centennial Campus, North Carolina State University
As research parks mature and newly developed research parks emerge, one thing is constant. How do we attract new partners and increase industry collaborations. Companies interested in engaging with an institution share the same desire but are on the outside looking in, wanting to stay on the brink of identifying the next big thing. Centers and institutes bring together multidisciplinary researchers, practitioners and industry partners in a diverse and inclusive ecosystem that encourages innovation with a focus on education and outreach.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS: STILL POSSIBLE?
David Carlebach
, Vice President for International Investment, World Trade Center Utah
Louis Stewart, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Sacramento 
Signe Pringle
, Assistant Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce
Mark Romney, Aggie Square - UC Davis
COVID-19, curtailment of international travel and trade tensions have reduced international partnerships that are a critical element in many parks’ tenant mix and the research enterprise. What is the importance of international trade and research? How do we overcome these barriers and prepare for post-COVID-19 world?

5 WAYS TO BE A BETTER ALLY FOR UNDER-REPRESENTED ENTREPRENEURS
Susanne Althoff,
Assistant Professor, Emerson College
Harry Brislin, Executive Director, USA Technology Park (moderator)
Effective allyship can help under-represented entrepreneurs knock down the hurdles they face. How do allies know they're engaging in the good stuff, and avoid the traps of performative allyship? Attendees of this training workshop will learn how to make mentorship more effective, how to combat microaggressions, and other strategies. This action plan is based on Althoff's interviews with 100+ women and nonbinary entrepreneurs for her new book LAUNCHING WHILE FEMALE: smashing the system That Holds Women Entrepreneurs Back.

3:20 PM - 4:30 PM

MAIN AUDITORIUM
SHAPING THE NEW NORMAL: ARE RESEARCH PARKS BEING DISRUPTED

Ty Shattuck,
CEO, McMaster Innovation Park, McMaster University
Kevin Byrne, President, The University Financing Foundation
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, in roundtable format, 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 community of subject matter specialists and general practitioners will discuss making sense of the ‘new normal’ as we continue to deliver the value of our communities of innovation

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

CLOSING RECEPTION
We will close out AURP WEEK with chat groups divided by topic area as well as informal networking groups. Watch for more information on this fun, interactive exchange.