Tech Parks Arizona creates interactive ground, which generates, attracts and supports technology companies and talent in alignment with the goals of the University of Arizona.

Tucson Local Media and Inside Tucson Business hosted its sixth-annual Executive Excellence Awards event on November 14 at the Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel. The celebration of local leaders featured 110 nominees in 10 categories. Kenneth Marcus, Director and CFO for Tech Parks Arizona was awarded the Executive of Excellence Award for CFO: Nonprofit Company.  The longtime UA Tech Park CFO was honored for his perseverance and commitment to the organization. Marcus has managed all the financials for the organization for over 16 years, sustaining a positive cash flow while also pursuing investment opportunities and managing the Park as an asset on behalf of the Arizona Board of Regents. Marcus shared his insights as to what makes a great leader during the event. Recently retired Bruce Wright was the event's keynote speaker and also honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  

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TREND Report

Naomi Weiner, project coordinator for Global Advantage at Tech Parks Arizona, recently authored the article, "Space Available at Tucson's Best Workplace," detailing the benefits of becoming a tenant at the UA Tech Park; not only is having a technology business residency here ideal for practical success, but it is also an interactive ground for emerging and mature businesses to network, collaborate, and overcome challenges together.

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Governor's Celebration of Innovation

Congratulations to Dr. Laurence Hurley for taking home the Innovator of the Year Award and representing the University of Arizona exceptionally well. Dr. Hurley received the award the night of the Governor's Celebration of Innovation in which Arizona's entrepreneurs, innovators, and advancers of technology were all commended for their diligence.

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Growing Tucson's Tech Industry 

Experts say that Tucson's tech and startup industries are growing, thanks in part to a supportive environment provided by the University of Arizona and local startup accelerators. Bruce Wright, the recently retired Associate Vice President for Tech Parks Arizona, discusses this with Buzz Connover, journalist for the Arizona Public Media.  

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New Startup Company at the UA Tech Park

TG Companies, a technology R&D company, just moved into the lab at the UA Tech Park as part of the business incubator's rent-a-bench program. TG Companies aims to create a sustainable future for solar energy by recycling broken-down and end-of-life solar panels for reuse in new solar panels

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On December 12, the Arizona Center for Innovation is partnering with New Mexico State to broadcast the SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit to local researchers and innovators. The panel will be addressing the NAVY SBIR/STTR program's $350 million in non-dilutive funds available to small businesses. 

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UA Drives Discovery

Three recent developments show why the University of Arizona is an economic powerhouse that can attract businesses in search of high-tech property in Tucson. The University of Arizona plays a crucial role in local economic development activities, including raising demand for high-tech property.

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BESST Students

High school students were introduced to Project Management and Agile Iterative Development by participating in the Tech Parks' program Building Experiential Skilled Student Talent (BESST). The program focuses on career readiness, experiential learning, and soft skills. Industry professionals from IBM, Raytheon, and Arconic have volunteered to teach and better prepare the future workforce of Southern Arizona.

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Victor Brett

Victor Brett is a talented University of Arizona student in the College of Theatre, Film, and Television. Interning at Tech Parks Arizona, he has developed a Tech Park "look-back" video featuring older news segments. He is also developing a video to showcase "a day in the life of an entrepreneur" to promote the business incubator, Arizona Center for Innovation. Victor has received a National Hispanic Scholar Award and multiple College of Fine Arts Achievement awards.    

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