University of Maryland Research Park Named Top in the Nation
Association of University Research Parks honors UMD with 2015 Outstanding Research Park Award
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland Research Park has been honored as the Association of University Research Parks’ 2015 Outstanding Research Park. Presented today at the AURP Annual Awards of Excellence, this award recognizes the achievements of outstanding university research parks and those who direct them, and encourages the development of best practices.
The M Square Research Park is a public-private partnership between the University of Maryland and Corporate Office Properties Trust. UMD works with all Research Park companies to provide synergistic and collaborative opportunities. The Research Park offers locations from incubator space for start up companies to build-to-suit options for larger technology clients.
“Not only is our Research Park the largest in the state, but it stimulates major partnerships among private, federal, and academic scientists,” said University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh. “It helps make Greater College Park a major international hub of climate, food and language research, and the park will only grow in importance as our new startup innovation district develops next to it,” he added.
“As one of the most research-intensive states in the nation, we are honored with the Association of University Research Parks’ (AURP) recognition of the University of Maryland Research Park as the nation’s Outstanding Research Park for 2015,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “The University of Maryland Research Park has attracted more than 3,000 jobs by partnering with federal agencies and the private sector, addressing major national needs, including climate prediction, foreign languages, cyber security, food safety and high performance computing. With this recognition, and the University’s role in graduating the largest number of STEM students in the region, Maryland continues to be a great place of innovation and discovery.”
“Earlier this week I spoke at the University of Maryland where a real estate symposium was held that attracted nearly 500 developers and real estate executives discussing the amazing transformation of Prince George’s County, College Park and the University of Maryland and its research park,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “It is fitting that as the state of Maryland celebrates Economic Development Week that the University of Maryland Research Park receives this national recognition and honor. I want to congratulate the University of Maryland, the City of College Park, and our private sector, non-profit, and federal partners for implementing and fulfilling their vision of this critical development to the future of Prince George’s County.”
To learn more about the UMD Research Park, visit http://msquare.umd.edu.