June 2015
Call for Nominations
for AURP Board of Directors
AURP is requesting nominations for the 2016 Board of Directors. All research park members in good standing may nominate themselves, or others, for service on the Board. Board service is for an initial term of three years, with a maximum of two three-year terms allowed.

Six board seats are available this year, including the seats of up to three incumbent members of the Board who may be standing for re-election. With six openings on the board, per AURP By-Laws, a minimum of eight people must be on the ballot.

Nominations must be received no later than 8:00 am on Monday, July 13, 2015.

Creativity in Innovation: #BuffCon2015
Let your creativity be inspired in the city that invented brainstorming - Buffalo - at #BuffCon - AURP's International Conference 2015.

C3 Connect Collaborate Create presents the latest on creating communities of innovation and features a close up visit to one of the top innovation districts in the world: Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

AURP International Conference 2015
September 29-October 2 | Buffalo, New York
Hosted by Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

APLU Names 18 Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities   

In recognition of a strong commitment to economic engagement, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) designated 18 public institutions in the 2015 class of Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities. The designation acknowledges universities working with public and private sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development through a variety of activities, including innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development, and community development.


The 18 institutions that comprise the third annual class of Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities are (AURP members are in bold): Auburn University; Binghamton University; Clemson University; East Carolina University; Mississippi State University; New Jersey Institute of Technology; New Mexico State University; Ohio University; Southern Illinois University; University of Arizona; University of Kansas; University of Louisville; University of Maryland; University of Nebraska-Lincoln; University of New Mexico; University of South Florida; Utah State University; and Western University.


Challenges Loom in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter's Future 

Photo Credit: David Rolfe/Winston-Salem JournalThe plaza outside the Wake Forest Biotech Place with the 525@vine building to the left and former RJR Building 60 undergoing renovations at right.  
By Fran Daniel, Winston-Salem Journal
Its gradual shift from a research park to an innovation district in recent years has put Wake Forest Innovation Quarter on a path to developing a work, live, learn and play culture and community in Winston-Salem.

But what's ahead for this innovation district and what challenges does it face, particularly with so many innovation districts on the rise in the country?

Officials at Innovation Quarter are in the final stages of developing and finalizing a proposed master plan - a concept - for the second phase of the northern area, formerly the central area, of the district. The master plan calls for about 2.4 million square feet of new building space at a cost of about $750 million. 
Want to Host AURP's 2017 Conference?
Would you like to highlight your city and your university research park by hosting AURP's 2017 International Conference? As the host park, you'll be recognized as a leader in the field and attract worldwide attention to the exciting progress and success of your region.

General Information & Background

To be considered, submit your proposal electronically to vickiepalmer@aurp.net.
Deadline: Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Mark Your Calendar

Sept. 29 - Oct. 2, 2015
Buffalo, New York
Hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus     



March 7-11, 2016

Tempe, Arizona

Tempe Mission Palms  


June 6, 2016

San Francisco, California    

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Are you starting a new innovation community ---- a new park or an innovation district? Perhaps you have an existing park or a district facing challenges ---- one that could benefit from a repositioning.

AURP's Creating Communities of Innovation is an on-site workshop that brings together your most important stakeholders to learn from AURP's successful park and innovation district creators and partners exactly how to make your university's community of innovation as successful as it can be ---- whether your innovation community is in its beginning stages or needs to reposition itself as it moves through time. Each program is custom designed to address your unique questions and concerns.

If you'd like to find out more information, please email Eileen Walker at eileenwalker@aurp.net.

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