STORIES OF IMPACT

AGENDA

March 4 - 7, 2024 in Tempe, Arizona 

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

 

Monday, March 4th

9:00 - 12:00 PM

AURP Board of Directors Meeting

10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Registration Desk Open

11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Welcome Luncheon

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12:30 - 2:00 PM

Announcing the Women of AURP
Inspiring Leadership: Self Care to Support Leadership Longevity
The Women of AURP is a member opportunity open to all attendees of Spring Training regardless of gender
Recognizing International Women’s Month in March, AURP announces the roll-out of the Women of AURP peer group, celebrating our connections and creativity to collectively uplift and encourage this growing member sector. 
Sponsored by Whiting-Turner Contracting, our keynote speaker, Dr. Theresa Larson, will inspire you with her strength and vulnerability through the life lessons shared driving her to move beyond stereotypes to find her inner strength to achieve superior health and leadership longevity. 
#inspireinclusion

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2:30 - 2:40 PM

Opening Remarks

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2:40 - 2:50 PM

Report on 2024-2027 Strategic Plan

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2:50 - 3:05 PM

Benchmarking Report Results

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3:30 - 8:30 PM

Experience at Dreamscape and AURP Welcome Dinner
Experience the collaborative venture between Dreamscape Immersive and ASU that merges entertainment and student learning by providing virtual reality technology to transport students and faculty to a new work that allows them to learn skills and apply concepts in an immersive world.

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Tuesday, March 5th

6:30 - 7:30 AM

Journey Up 'A' Mountain
Huddle up in the courtyard with your AURP friends before the journey of a lifetime up A Mountain. Whether meditating, engaging with your colleagues, or walking up A Mountain, being mindful of your body and surroundings, is important at every level of engagement each day and every moment. (Sunrise 6:50 am)

7:00 - 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast
Not up for the Mindfulness Walk on the trail up A Mountain? Studies continue to prove mindfulness matters no matter your surroundings. Take in a relaxing continental breakfast alfresco under that flowering orange trees in the Tempe Mission Palms courtyard.  

Note: Full breakfast or buffet is available in The Cloister Restaurant at individual expense.

8:00 - 8:15 AM

Spring Training Welcome

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CHAPTER ONE: STARTING OUT

8:15 - 9:30 AM




Education Through Exploration
Join us for a dynamic fireside chat delving into the narrative journey of Dreamscape's transformational impact on education. Discover how storytelling, analytics, and technology are used to redefine learning. Explore ASU's visionary decisions in embracing Dreamscape's enduring value, revitalizing the university into an educational powerhouse.

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9:30 - 10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Insights into Startup Park Initiatives
Uncover the motivations and goals behind startup park initiatives featuring Southern Research, City of Hoover, AL, and UCLA. Explore the initial stages of each park's journey, shedding light on their purpose, vision, and strategies for success. Gain valuable insights into the beginnings of these dynamic startup ecosystems.

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12:00 - 1:30 PM

Group Luncheon
Enjoy the extensive luncheon buffet with carved meats, pastas, prepared entrees, salads, ice cream sundae bar and more, then pick a seat with your colleagues on the patio or shaded indoors. Bring your sunglasses and soak up some sun while diving deeper into the morning’s conversation. 

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CHAPTER TWO: SCALING/GROWTH

1:30 - 3:00 PM

The Path To Building A Private Research Institute That Drives Economic Growth
Learn from the leaders who contributed to the creation of The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), established to translate genomic discoveries into advances in human health. The private, non-profit research institute has created benefits to the Arizona economy in terms of new funds, programs, ventures, skills, and talent brought to the state. Learn about how the institute was established and funded to drive growth of the Phoenix bioeconomy. In this session, our experts will take a deep dive into the challenges faced as well as the essential ingredients, strategic partnerships, and paths to achieve success. 

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3:00 - 3:30 PM

Networking Break

3:30 - 5:00 PM

Capital Markets And Impact On The Office
The combination of rising interest rates, economic uncertainties, market volatility and geopolitical instability has put capital markets in uncharted territory over the past 24 months. Further exasperating this is the post pandemic return to office or lack thereof. Office vacancy rates are at an all-time high with existing and new product in addition to inventory in the sublease market. It is no surprise that larger metropolitan areas are feeling the brunt of the distress in the office market. However, all areas nationally have been impacted with less leasing activity and tenants or end users seeking highly amenitized and activated space, including many university research and innovation hubs around the country. This panel of seasoned CRE experts will provide an overview of what is to come in 2024 providing their take on how the Federal Reserve’s policies with impact the economy and market with plans on stabilizing inflation and interest rates, providing the landscape and sentiment on the office market and how developers are pivoting to navigate this ever-changing, interest rate sensitive real estate environment.  

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5:00 - 5:30 PM

Story Time Happy Hour

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6:00 PM

Informal Group Dinners
Tonight’s the night! Meet up with new colleagues at our peer group dinners. Attendees are encouraged to create new groups and choose a new restaurant of your own. 

Meet in the lobby at 6:00PM to depart for restaurants 
All fees and expenses are at individual expense. 

Wednesday, March 6

6:30 - 7:30 AM

Hike Up 'A' Mountain
Ready for round 2? Your AURP friends are there to support you as you clear out the cobwebs and set out for Day 2 up A Mountain. The beautiful Arizona sunrise will refresh your heart, mind and body for another day of deep thought and learning. (Sunrise 6:48 am)

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast
Sunshine, coffee, and a quick continental breakfast will help to kick off your day of knowledge-exchange and networking.

8:30 - 11:00 AM




Research Parks and Emerging Global Competition: Tech Hubs Drive Demand for Government Funding
The heightened attention from national governments is prompting government leaders to leverage our innovation communities in order to expedite strategic competition in technology benchmarking. This shift is disrupting the traditional process of selecting research communities for government funding. Specifically, questions arise about how the US federal government is identifying and financing technology hubs with billions of dollars to enhance global competitiveness. Similarly, there is curiosity about Canada's approach to securing and sustaining its position as a significant technology player at both national and regional levels.

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The Winners in U.S. Federal Funding: Storytime Case Studies from EDA Tech Hubs, NSF Engines and Other U.S. Place-Based Technology Programs
Numerous AURP members actively participate or are integral parts of consortia seeking federal funding to bolster place-based economic development. We will delve into the successes and challenges encountered in these efforts, focusing on identifying effective strategies, lessons learned from past experiences, and recommendations to prepare for upcoming opportunities. Our panelists will explore tactics for engaging with regional communities, establishing partnerships, and cultivating innovation communities while leveraging support from the federal, state, and private sectors.

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11:00 - 11:30 AM

Short Stories

Harvard Allston Land Company
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The Beach at UNO
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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Group Luncheon
Same great extensive luncheon buffet but with varied menu of carved meats, pastas, prepared entrees, salads, ice cream sundae bar and more.  Grab a seat on the patio next to someone you haven’t met before. Mix it up!  

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12:30 - 12:45 PM

AURP Event Promotions

BIO Health Caucus: June 2-3 in San Diego, California.
International Conference 2024: Bentonville, Arkansas
Spring Training 2025: Tempe, Arizona

CHAPTER THREE: MAXIMIZING IMPACT THROUGH MAJOR PARTNERSHIPS

12:45 - 3:00 PM

Harnessing University Data: A Catalyst for Economic and Workforce Development
How can you use data to tell your story and showcase your impact as a university? In this session, you will learn from three examples of how universities are using data analytics and AI to highlight their contributions to regional and global challenges. First, you will hear how the University of Texas-Permian Basin is collaborating with the west Texas petroleum industry to support economic and workforce development. Second, you will discover how research at Wake Forest University helped to create the regenerative medicine industry and is leading economic development efforts in the Triad region. Third, you will find out how READDI, a non-profit biotechnology corporation, is leveraging data analytics and AI to prevent global catastrophe. You will gain insights into how to use data analytics and AI to innovate, to visualize your progress toward development targets and to communicate your story effectively and persuasively.

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3:00 - 3:30 PM

Networking Break

3:30 - 4:15 PM

Short Stories

Arkansas Research and Technology Park
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Michigan State University Research Foundation
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Tech Parks Arizona, University of Arizona
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4:15 - 4:30 PM

Spring Training Closing

4:30 - 5:30 PM

Networking Happy Hour

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6:00 PM

Informal Group Dinners
In our final night of our informal group dinners, remember to connect with your comrades and collaborate on the #TrendingNow discussions from the day.

Meet in the lobby at 6:00PM to depart for restaurants 
All fees and expenses are at individual expense. 

Thursday, March 7

 8:30 - 12:00 PM

Optional Tours
Tours are at capacity