The regional economic impacts of university research and science parks

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Albert N. Link, Professor (Creator)
Terri L. Shelton, Vice Chancellor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This paper focuses on the regional economic impacts of US university research and science parks. Motivating this focus is the fact that the landscape for private-sector research is changing, and future research might well emphasize America’s “new geography of innovation.” Thus, university research and science parks might face, if they are not already doing so, pressure to retain current tenants and competition for future tenants. We find that only 11 of 146 research and science parks in the USA have, in the spirit of public accountability, conducted an economic impact study. One reason for the paucity of such studies is that universities are unfamiliar about how to conduct as well as how to interpret the findings from such a study. We offer an economic impact method for park administrators to follow if they proceed to document the regional economic impact of their park.

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Parks. Journal of the Knowledge Economy 11, 42–56
Language: English
Date: 2020
university research and science park, public accountability, public engagement, economic impact, higher education

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