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September 16, 2019
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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The Blackwell Inn and Pfahl Conference Center
2110 Tuttle Park Place
Columbus, OH 43210 United States
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UIDP Academy: Innovation Districts and Research Parks in U-I Collaborations

September 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Confirmed Presenters

  • Facilitator: Brian Darmody, AURP
  • Dan Duncan, AURP
  • Kevin Byrne, TUFF
  • Greg King, Georgia Tech
  • Paul Moses, Purdue University
  • Alex Iams, Arlington Economic Development
  • Adam Ravestein, Ayers Saint Gross
  • Patricia Bou, CannonDesign
  • Peter Dougherty, Peter William

Workshop Overview

In 1951, the Stanford University Dean of Engineering launched the world’s first university research park as a place where companies and universities could work together. Since then, the university research park model has expanded across the globe and morphed into fully mixed-use innovation districts, startup zones and tech towns, where universities and corporations live, work and grow.

At this workshop, you will learn from experts across the country how to find champions, funding, and stakeholders for university research parks/innovation districts and how new models of university-engagement and place making are reshaping university-corporate partnering in fields from bio health to data science.


This highly participatory workshop will benefit attendees through presentations and panel discussions by academic and industry research leaders, especially those planning or operating research parks, innovation districts or interested in connecting with the local community. Presenters will highlight common ways to plan, activate and manage these projects as part of a university’s or other anchor institution’s corporate and community engagement strategy.

Agenda Highlights

The workshop will focus on these primary areas:
1. The Value of a Research Park/Innovation District to Universities in Enhancing Corporate and Community Relations
2. Challenges and Opportunities: It’s Not About the Real Estate
3. Managing Expectations from Internal and External Stakeholders

During the workshop key questions that will be addressed include:

  • How are research parks and innovation districts governed? Who are the stakeholders?
  • What are some master planning and building design concepts that need to be considered?
  • How do I finance and sustain a research park and how does it facilitate corporate engagement?
  • What is necessary to keep the park/innovation district growing
  • What is the potential role of government in facilitating the formation of research parks/innovation districts?

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Who Should Attend

This workshop is targeted to corporate and academic representatives with responsibility for planning or managing research parks, incubator facilities or outreach to the community and corporate place-based partnerships. This includes representatives of research park management, or planning, technology R&D, economic development, university relations, faculty, or anyone interested in leading practices to support place based communities of innovation around universities and other anchor institutions.
In order to maximize direct engagement among attendees and speakers, attendance is limited.
Speakers subject to change.



Pfahl Hall 1st Floor Foyer (Next door to the Blackwell Inn)
2110 Tuttle Park Place
Columbus, OH 43210


IMPORTANT: Discounted room block rates are available at the three hotels listed below. Transportation will not be provided from hotels to the conference. Please note that a minimum 2-night stay is required at the Hyatt Place and Courtyard by Marriott to get the room block rate.

The Blackwell Inn (conference site)
2110 Tuttle Park Place
Columbus, OH 43210
Room block code: UIDP 2019 (until 8/17)
Rate of $139/night

Courtyard by Marriott Grandview Yard
780 Yard St.
Columbus, OH 43212
Room block rate (click here) (until 8/17)
Rate of $139/night

Hyatt Place Grandview Yard
795 Yard St.
Columbus, OH 43212
Room block code G-UIDP (click here) (until 8/16)
Rate of $139/night


Hotels on Olentangy River Rd. and in the Short North district are also close to the OSU campus:

Hotels Near Ohio State University

Hotels in Columbus

University Hospitality District

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Copyright © 2024 by University Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP)


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