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.

Although it has been around for more than two decades and is one of the largest employment centers in the region, many in southern Arizona are either unaware of the existence of the UA Tech Park, or not clear on the purpose and goals of the park. The UA Tech Park was started in 1994 in alignment with the research, mission and goals of the University of Arizona (UA). Today, the companies in it have grown to employ 6,500 people. Together, these companies have an economic impact of $2.3 billion on Pima County annually.

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Innovative Mining Technologies

UA Engineering Professor Dominic Gervasio, Ph.D., and Principal Research Specialist Hassan Elsentriecy, Ph.D., invented and are commercializing a toxin-free method using high-temperature molten salts to extract copper from raw ore.

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Innovative Minds Challenge

Are you a University of Arizona student with an innovative idea? Interested in developing your idea into a business or non-profit organization? The Arizona Center for Innovation, Perkins Coie and Innovate UA have teamed up to offer the Innovative Minds Challenge, which encourages the commercialization of innovation. Money, mentoring and business support are awaiting the winning UA student teams.

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Next Steps for Vets

Tech Parks Arizona along with its partners from Pima Community College, Pima County One Stop, Diamond Ventures, Cochise County One Stop and DM Airforce Base held the third Next Steps for Vets Career Pathways event. Over 70 people from the military registered for the event. Twenty-seven companies and educational providers were on-site to recruit and help veterans transition from the military into civilian jobs. The event is part of the Innovation Frontier Southwest initiative to grow advanced manufacturing in the region.

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Rural Development and Local Food Production

The University of Arizona's Rural Development and Local Food Production certificate classes are being held at the UA Tech Park. Classes are led by Dr. Nabhan who was recently named the Director of the University of Arizona's new Center for Regional Food Studies.

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Tech Parks Intern Profile

Levi Willard, a mining engineering student at the University of Arizona (UA), is working on the Tech Parks' mining initiative in partnership with UA faculty members Mary Poulton, Director - Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources and Professor - Mining and Geological Engineering; and Moe Momayez, Associate Professor and Associate Department Head - Mining and Geological Engineering.

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Tech Parks Arizona is part of Tech Launch Arizona, an office of integrated teams creating an ecosystem of invention and commercialization throughout Arizona and beyond. TLA generates social and economic impact through bringing the inventions of the University of Arizona from the lab to the marketplace.

Tech Parks Arizona
9070 S. Rita Road, Suite 1750, Tucson AZ 85747 520-621-4088