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.

The Association of University Research Parks (AURP), a professional association of university-related research, science, tech parks and innovation districts, has relocated its headquarters to the UA Tech Park in Tucson, Arizona. This innovative agreement capitalizes on their combined synergy and strength, providing mutually-beneficial resources from each organization. AURP has long-stated the value of university-research parks in their community as well as their impact across the nation. Moving their headquarters is a tangible example of AURP supporting its mission of fostering innovation, commercialization and economic growth in a global economy through university, industry and government partnerships. AURP's relocation is part of a larger strategic plan to utilize its operational outposts to align with key stakeholders and expand on its mission of building communities of innovation.

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Pop-up Party at the Park

Hundreds of Tech Cats from across the campus enjoyed the Pop-up Party in the Park on May 16. Employees, along with Chambers of Commerce from various parts of Southern Arizona, came together for food, fun and music. These types of community celebrations encourage new business connections and build the best workplace culture at the UA Tech Park.

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SBA Road Tour Tucson Stop

On August 12 the Small Business Administration (SBA) will come to Tucson as part of their 16-stop tour across the U.S. to connect entrepreneurs working on advanced technology with funding. This stop in Tucson is exclusive to Arizona and one of few in the western region of the nation. Every Road Tour stop presents a coveted opportunity to meet directly with Federal and State Program Managers as well as learn about how the state of Arizona supports innovation in small businesses. 

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High Flyer Award

The Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the Vail Takes Flight Gala on May 4 where they announced their community award winners. Tech Parks Arizona was honored to receive the High Flyer Award for Business Leader of the Year during the ceremony.

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Arizona Has A Powerful Economic Partner to the North

Glenn Williamson, CEO of the Canada Arizona Business Council and Honorary Consul of Canada for Arizona, shares his views in an article published by the Phoenix Business Journal. He states, "Arizona serves as a great entry point for Canadian business expanding into the U.S. with its access to major markets, ease of businesses regulations, top-tier research universities, beautiful weather and friendly business environment."

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Citigroup Celebrates 15 Years in Tucson

It was fifteen years ago that Citi established operations at the UA Tech Park. Each year, the company has grown and expanded its offerings. Citi often attributes their success in Tucson to their ability to attract and retain exceptional employees coupled with the state-of-the-art facilities and responsive management at the UA Tech Park. 

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Tech Park Intern Cohort

The Spring 2019 cohort of interns celebrated their completion of the program at Tech Parks Arizona. The interns - Mark Eisner, Cade Johnson, Scott Sawyer, and Michael Whiteside - all gained real-world experience through a variety of projects including: ultrasound market research, solar go-kart STEM outreach, and entrepreneurial business support. 

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Hampton Inn & Suites Opens

The community recently celebrated the grand opening for the Hampton Inn & Suites on May 23. The event received huge community support and included speakers from HSL Properties, Diamond Ventures, Visit Tucson, as well as the Greater Vail and Tucson Chambers of Commerce. The newly constructed 104-suite hotel is adjacent to the UA Tech Park and is the first nationally-branded hotel in the Tech Park/Vail area.

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People of the Park

Mark Rico is the Laboratory Manager for the UA Tech Park. In his role, he is responsible for formulating safety policies for the shared wet labs, dry labs, and prototyping center. He also maintains the UA Center for Innovation shared equipment and updates the Good Laboratory Practices certification. Mark Rico has worked for Jacobs at the UA Tech Park since 2010 and brings more than 23 years of experience to the position.

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