May Lunch Meeting — UA Tech Park

The UA’s latest master plan for the UA Tech Park at The Bridges, including the planned $40 million Innovation and Technology Building, was approved by the Arizona Board of Regents last November. The UA says the multistory 120,000- to 180,000-square foot office and lab building is needed to attract tech-oriented companies and would initially become the home for Tech Launch Arizona, the schools’ technology commercialization arm, and related programs.

Bruce Wright is responsible for directing the University of Arizona’s research parks which includes the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park (UA Tech Park), the UA Tech Park at The Bridges (The Bridges), and the Arizona Center for Innovation (AzCI). His research interests include regional economic development, international trade and business development, and technology development and commercialization. He also serves as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Geography and Regional Development. Wright has served in several different capacities during his twenty plus years at the University of Arizona, including director of the Office of Community and Public Service, Assistant to the President, Senior Officer for Community Affairs and Economic Development, and Associate Vice President for Economic Development. Prior to joining the University, he served as chief-of-staff to U.S. Representative Morris K. Udall and staff consultant to the House Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. Previously, he was a management analyst with the City of Tucson and deputy director of the Commission on Improved Governmental Management.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 17, 11:30-1:00
WHERE: Scottish Rite Cathedral – Ochoa Room
33 Ochoa Street, 2 blocks south of Broadway between Stone & Scott (side entrance on north side of building).
COST: $25 SAAEMA members, $35 guests in advance, $40 guests at the door
RSVP: Tommy Roof no later than noon, Friday, May 13.

A NOTE ABOUT PARKING: The west lot behind the Scottish Rite Cathedral has been sold, so they are no longer able to offer us free parking. Please park at a street meter or at the La Placita parking garage on Stone and Broadway, less than a block away.


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