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The University of Arizona has announced the appointment of Elizabeth R. "Betsy" Cantwell as the Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation. Cantwell will spearhead economic development by directing the UA Office of Research, Development and Innovation, which includes Tech Parks Arizona. She will be responsible for expanding the university's capacity for knowledge and discovery; integrating efforts by faculty, students, staff and executive leaders to move inventions and technologies to the marketplace; increasing the UA's connectivity with external collaborators; spearheading industry and public partnerships; and increasing total research funding as the UA pursues its goal of being the premier innovation center in the Southwest.  

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UA Tech Park is a Top 10 Finalist for International Award

The International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP) recently announced its finalists for the 2019 Inspiring Solutions Programme. The UA Tech Park is a top ten finalist for its Women of the UA Tech Park campaign, which ran throughout the month of March. The campaign showcased twenty-five women in honor of National Women’s Month and the UA Tech Park’s 25th anniversary. 

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SARSEF Gains New Solar Go-Kart Program

Tech Parks Arizona developed Racing the Sun, a hands-on STEM program for high school students, eight years ago to promote workforce development. After incubating the program and establishing good momentum, Racing the Sun is transitioning over to SARSEF - Southern Arizona Research, Science, and Engineering Foundation - to grow the program and best serve the region.

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Biz Launch in Sahuarita

Be part of the Sahuarita startup scene! Join us on July 2 as we celebrate innovation at its finest. After a day-long boot camp and eight weeks of business 101 taught by the University of Arizona Center for Innovation, the local Sahuarita entrepreneurs are ready to publicly present their business ideas.  

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Local Startup Gets Support from NSF

Tech Parks Arizona and The University of Arizona Center for Innovation are pleased to announce Emagine Solutions Technology recently completed the national NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) Teams program. After completing a training program in the San Francisco Bay Area, the team went on to complete over 100 interviews with clinicians and ultrasound experts over the course of several weeks before presenting final results to the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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SBA Road Tour Coming to Tucson

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has launched a 16-stop road tour across the U.S. to connect entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to the country’s largest source of early-stage funding – the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. If you are an innovator, entrepreneur, researcher or small technology firm, do not miss this opportunity to meet with program managers one-on-one and potentially receive funding!

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IBM Tucson - Fun in the Sun

On June 27, over 200 IBM employees came together to capture the ultimate aerial photo on the lawn of the UA Tech Park. Employees shared laughs, enjoyed sweet treats and smiled big for the camera. The photo will be part of a special feature in the Fall 2019 issue of BizTucson Magazine.

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Solar Zone at UA Tech Park 

Tech Connect, which provides news and analysis about Arizona’s leading companies, emerging companies and technologies as well as the latest industry trends, provided an update on the state’s renewable energy industry in its last publication. The Solar Zone at the UA Tech Park was showcased as a feature.

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Juneteenth Celebration

The UA Tech Park celebrated with Citi during its inaugural Juneteenth event. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

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Sign up for STEM Camp

The UA Tech Park is hosting three different camps in partnership with Arizona Youth University and the YMCA. These exciting, full-day camps are great opportunities for rising 3-8 graders to have fun while learning real life skills.

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People of the Park

Bernadette Franco was recently promoted to Senior Manager, Accounting and Human Resources. Franco has dedicated over fifteen years to strengthening the UA Tech Park in many facets. She manages all accounting transactions, including financials, budgets, rent schedules, reconciling, billing, invoicing and grant compliance. She also manages all personnel human resource matters for the company. Join us in celebrating her success as her career advances.

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