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October 24, 2017
Assessing the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy

February 13-14, 2018
GUIRR Meeting

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Increasingly individual states are actively setting policy agendas that directly influence R&D. What role should each state ideally have in influencing the R&D agenda and competitiveness? How can regional cluster development drive innovation and economic growth?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
1:00-5:00 pm GUIRR Council Meeting - Board Room
5:00-6:30 pm Networking Mixer - West Court

6:30-8:30 pm


Dinner and Keynote Address - Great Hall

  • Scott Pattison, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Governors Association
  • Moderator: Gordon England, GUIRR Industry Co-Chair and Chair of the Board of PFP Cybersecurity
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
8:00-8:15 am


Welcome Remarks - Lecture Room

  • Laurie Leshin, GUIRR University Co-Chair and President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute
8:15-8:45 am Building Commitments to State-Wide Innovation Ecosystems
  • Richard Celeste, President Emeritus of Colorado College and Former Governor of the State of Ohio
8:45-10:15 am The Knowledge Economy: States' Competitive Advantage in Research and Innovation
  • Donald Sebastian, President and CEO of the New Jersey Innovation Institute
  • John Hardin, Executive Director of the Office of Science, Technology, and Innovation at the North Carolina Department of Commerce
  • Mridul Gautam, Vice President for Research and Innovation at the University of Nevada, Reno
  • Tom Chilton, Director for Science and Technology at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission
  • Moderator: Asheq Rahman, Research Intelligence Manager at Elsevier
10:15-10:45 am Networking Break
10:45-11:45 am State Support for Manufacturing
  • Craig Armiento, Co-Director of the Raytheon-UMass Lowell Research Institute and Director of the Printed Electronics Research Collaborative at UMass Lowell
  • John Hopkins, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation
  • Moderator: Wayne Johnson, GUIRR Council Member and Senior Consultant at Maguire Associates
11:45 am-1:00 pm Lunch - West Court
1:00-2:00 pm 

Linking Economic Development to Economic Growth

  • Katie Stebbins, Vice President of Economic Development at the University of Massachusetts
  • Christine Gulbranson, Senior Vice President of the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Office of the President of the University of California
2:00-2:30 pm  Enabling Cooperation Between States and the Federal Government 
  • Mike Cassidy, President and CEO of the Georgia Research Alliance
2:30-3:00 pm GUIRR Activity Updates
Webinars, Federal Demonstration Partnership, and International Research Collaborations Working Group
3:00 pm