University Economic Development Association

Awards Session: Place + Innovation

Nevada Center for Applied Research-Opening Doors for Innovation

Speakers: Jane Tors, University of Nevada, Reno
Carlos Cardillo, University of Nevada, Reno


Join us as guest speakers, Jane TorsDirector, Research Communications and Carlos Cardillo, Director, Nevada Center for Applied Research, University of Nevada, Reno, share their insights.

The Nevada Center for Applied Research (NCAR) opens the door for innovation-driven, entrepreneurial activities on the University of Nevada, Reno campus and, in doing so, is stimulating regional, technology-based economic development. Adaptable and market-responsive, NCAR provides a centralized access point and deploys an individualized approach as it assesses the needs of industry, startup companies and entrepreneurs, including faculty, staff and students. NCAR then matches those needs with University facilities, equipment and expertise. NCAR supports collaboration across the span of academia, industry and government by: a) Building interdisciplinary teams of faculty, researchers, postdoctoral and graduate students, and interns to work with entrepreneurs and industry on ongoing, one-off or complex R&D projects; b) Offering entrepreneurs and industry affordable co-working space on campus including both “wet” and “dry” laboratory spaces to support R&D needs and office space for administrative and research support needs; c) Providing entrepreneurs with access to a support network that includes incubation and business mentoring; d) Supporting centralized access to a wide array of campus facilities, laboratories, core centers and makerspaces, plus the expert staff who operate equipment and labs, design and conduct experiments and analyze data; and e) Creating and coordinating large, multidisciplinary research initiatives involving coalitions of public and private stakeholders. Opened in May 2015 and supported by the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), NCAR has become an integral part of the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem. NCAR-affiliated companies have created more than 90 new jobs and NCAR has generated $15.7 million in grants, contracts, agreements, gifts and donations.

Learn more about this project here.

The UT Dallas Intellectual Transit-Oriented Transformational Incubator (DITTI)

Speakers:  Dr. Calvin D. Jamison, The University of Texas at Dallas

Join us as guest speaker, Dr. Calvin D. JamisonVice President, Facilities & Economic Development at The University of Texas at Dallas. shares his insights.

The University of Texas at Dallas’ Office of Facilities & Economic Development initiated an innovative approach to enhance the academic, economic and community-building aspects of the university through the creation of “Northside,” located adjacent to the UT Dallas campus and a soon-to-come Dallas-Area Rapid Transit rail line within the city of Richardson, Texas. By instituting a public-private partnership (P3) and building an adjacent UT Design, UT Dallas was able to bring a number of new and established businesses to campus, improve transit opportunities for the UT Dallas community and the greater metroplex, and improve the academic offerings available to students, thus attracting a wider number of students from around the world.

Learn more about this project here.

Alaska Startups Storyteller

Speakers:  Samantha Davenport, University of Alaska Anchorage – Center for Economic Development

Join us as guest speaker, Samantha DavenportAlaska Startups Storyteller at The University of Alaska Anchorage – Center for Economic Development. shares her insights.

Alaska Startups is a community for innovators, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and general rabble-rousers. Alaska Startups provides a virtual hub of resources, stories, and events to connect the startup community in Alaska while empowering and encouraging entrepreneurs and innovators to start or grow businesses in Alaska. 11. Please describe the problem the project/initiative seeks to address and, if possible, link this problem to your institution’s and region’s broader economic development strategy. Alaska Startups originated with the startup community itself. A common question was: “Why is there not a single place to find all the resources available in our startup community?” With the contribution and partnership of many of the movers and shakers in the entrepreneur community, Alaska Startups was born. The University of Alaska Center for Economic Development manages Alaska Startups as a community-focused initiative. CED collaborates with members of the entrepreneurial community to increase its effectiveness and ability to serve startups in Alaska. Alaska Startups fulfills CED’s mission of promoting economic diversity and community building by highlighting entrepreneurs in the state. We create content that engages our audience and provides a platform for entrepreneurs to connect and learn from one another.

Learn more about this project here.

October 11 @ 10:30
10:30 — 13:45 (3h 15′)


Jane Tors – Director of Research Communications