University Research Parks Contribute to Economic Competitiveness of Regions, States and Nations



    
    New comprehensive report outlines emerging impact of parks
    

    ST. LOUIS, Oct. 26 /CNW/ -- University Research Parks are emerging as
strong sources of entrepreneurship, talent and economic competitiveness
according to a new report, Characteristics and Trends in North American
Research Parks: 21st Century Directions, prepared by Battelle's Technology
Partnership Practice (TPP) in partnership with the Association of University
Research Parks (AURP).
    TPP helps clients develop and implement strategies to drive technology-
based economic development by using tools, such as research parks, to make
universities and other research institutions key drivers of economic
development. AURP is a non-profit association that promotes the development
and operation of research parks.
    A survey of 134 university research parks in the United States and Canada
revealed that:
    More than 300,000 workers in North America work in a located in a
university research park.
    Every job in a research park generates an average of 2.57 jobs in the
economy resulting in a total employment impact of more than 750,000 jobs.
    "A new model is emerging," said Walter H. Plosila, Vice-President,
Battelle TPP. "What we're seeing are strategically planned, mixed-use campuses
designed to create an environment that fosters collaboration and innovation
and promotes the development, transfer and commercialization of technology,"
he said. "Research parks have become a key element of the technology
infrastructure supporting the growth of today's knowledge economy."
    "Research parks are key drivers of regional development," said J. Michael
Bowman, President of the AURP Board of Directors and Chairman & President,
Delaware Technology Park. Research parks were traditionally established to
recruit R&D and technology companies to locate near a university in order to
build a cluster of high technology companies.
    Today, research parks increasingly spur homegrown business startups,
retention and expansion with a focus on providing commercialization and
business development support in addition to space for talent retention.
    "Research and technology parks have exhibited a strong ability to attract
and retain talent, which in turn, allows us to create a critical mass that can
yield high economic opportunities for our regions," said Dale Gann, President
of AURP Canada and Vice President-Technology Parks, Vancouver Island
Technology Park.
    "Important success factors for technology-led economic development
include the commitment of university leadership and the local economic
development community. This report is the first to quantify actual results of
science parks as an important economic development tool," said Eileen Walker,
Executive Director of AURP.
    A full copy of Trends and Characteristics in North American Research
Parks: 21st Century Directions can be found at www.battelle.org, www.aurp.net
and www.aurpcanada.ca. Sponsors of the report include Research Triangle Park
and The University Financing Foundation.
    
    About Battelle
    
    Battelle is the world's largest non-profit independent research and
development organization, providing innovative solutions to the world's most
pressing needs through its four global businesses: Laboratory Management,
National Security, Energy Science and Technology, and Health and Life
Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $3.8
billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory
management and technology commercialization. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio,
Battelle oversees 20,000 employees in more than 120 locations worldwide,
including six national laboratories which Battelle manages or co-manages for
the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
    Battelle also is one of the nation's leading charitable trusts focusing
on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science
and math education.
    
    About AURP
    
    A non-profit international organization, AURP represents research,
science or technology parks, which are designed to promote university-industry
relations, to foster innovation, and to facilitate the transfer of technology
from academe to the private sector. Today, the Association servers over 350
members around the world, with more than 400 research parks worldwide in
varying stages of development.
    
    AURP Canada
    
    The Canadian Association of University Research parks (AURP Canada), a
non-profit organization, role is to represent the members and to advocate the
position of the organization before administrative tribunals, municipal
government, provincial ministries, federal departments and their agencies.
AURP Canada is comprised of 25 Research and Technology Parks across Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Kate Delaney, Media Relations Manager, Battelle
 National, +1-410-306-8638, delaneyk@battelle.org; or Eileen Walker, Executive
 Director, AURP, +1-520-529-2521, eileenwalker@aurp.net; or Dale Gann, 
President, AURP Canada, +1-250-483-3203, dgann@aurpcanada.ca Web Site:
http://www.aurp.net                  http://www.battelle.org                
 http://www.aurpcanada.ca

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