Spring Training 2024: STORIES OF IMPACT

March 4 - March 7 | Tempe, Arizona

Pathways to Success for Research Parks and Innovation Districts

The 2024 AURP Spring Training Conference is all about storytelling – recounting the unique journeys that have led to discovery, impact, and success. Each research park and innovation district tell a firsthand tale of attempts, failures, and successes. The overlap of those stories is where the recipe for impact can be found.

These three days will feature a series of workshops, case studies, and panels that span the spectrum of a research park’s or innovation district’s timeline – from early inception, through growth and scaling, to maximizing impact through major partnerships. Each day will focus on tangible takeaways for parks and districts in all stages of formation, development, and expansion. Expect to leave this conference with a set of concrete tactics and deeper understanding of the many pathways toward impact. 

Finally, and most importantly, bring your stories. We need to hear what you’ve tried, what has challenged you, what has worked, and what you’ve discovered along the way.

Spring Training is: 

Research Parks and Innovation Districts remain the drivers of innovation, entrepreneurship and trending R&D - all formulating a sustainable future. Physical, programmatic, and stakeholder engagement strategies are pertinent in the plan of these sustainable and thriving communities.

AURP Spring Training 2024 returns to Tempe, Arizona to tackle these challenges and inter-related initiatives. Repeatedly cited as “AURP’s best event ever” for leadership growth and collaboration, AURP and Spring Training is THE ‘go to’ professional development network to perfect your pitch.

Meet face-to-face with senior-level research park, innovation district, incubator/accelerator executives to exchange on major league topics and their convergence points.


The AURP Spring Training masterclass is highly interactive with extraordinary learning and networking opportunities.

Due to the format and demand to attend, space is limited!

Beginning in 2024, Spring Training registration is restricted to:

  • AURP Institutional members and non-members plus AURP Corporate members.
  • To support the development of our core institutional members, only two (2) corporate members are permitted to attend from any one annual corporate or sustaining corporate member organization.