Communities of Innovation 101

Pre-Conference Intensive Session
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Gain insights from experienced park and innovation district executives as they cover basic elements of strategy and share their lessons learned along the way. Designed for those who are new to university research parks and innovation districts, this intensive pre-conference session will address park and innovation district organization and management with a special emphasis on development, funding, marketing and economic impact. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain these valuable insights from the pros!

Topics include:

  • Research Parks - Working with Your University
  • Innovation Districts
  • Park Governance
  • Master Planning a Research Park
  • Marketing and Re-Positioning Your Park
  • Financing Your Park
  • Incubators and Accelerators
  • Working with Your Region or District
  • Planning for Economic Impact and Measuring the Results
  • Chair:
            Harold Strong, Jr., 
    Past President, AURP; Principal, Medical, Innovation Collaborative (MIC)

    Guest Speakers include:

    Scott AndesMPP, Program Director for City Innovation Ecosystems, National League of Cities
    Kevin Byrne, MBA, Past President, AURP; President, The University Financing Foundation, Inc.
    Stephen Coulston, Principal, Perkins+Will
    Charles D’Agostino, MBA, Immediate Past President, AURPExecutive Director, LSU Innovation Park and Louisiana Business & Technology Center
    Brian Darmody, Past President, AURP; Associate Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations, University of Maryland
    Kate A. Engel, Director of Communication and Culture, Nebraska Innovation Campus
    Stephen FrayserMBA, Executive Director, STAR Park, Texas State University
    Laura Frerichs, Director, University of Illinois Research Park, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign Economic Development 
    Molly Gilbert, MBA, Director of University and Community Engagement, Tech Parks Arizona
    Joe Meredith, PhD, President, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center
    Carol Stewart, Chief Executive Officer, Association of University Research Parks 


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