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University Economic 
Development Association 
Annual Summit 
September 30, 2014
“Roles of Universities in Regional 
Partnerships”
Presenters: 
-Dr. Marie Talnack, Cal State Poly Pomona, 
TTO Director and CSU5 Guide 
-Dion Jackson, USC, Economic 
Develo...
Key Concepts: 
-University’s as Innovation Hubs in their Regions 
-When to Participate/How to Participate 
-Taking the Lea...
“There is a high degree of consensus 
around the idea of considering 
universities and research centres as 
critical insti...
Dr. Marie Talnack: “The Role of the 
University in a Regional Partnership” 
The university must be clear on the answers 
t...
The emphasis now is building upon existing 
local comparative advantages as well as 
stimulating innovation and entreprene...
Dion Jackson: 
Taking the Lead in a Regional Innovation 
Partnership: “AMP for SoCal”
“Imagine if this region had a network….”
Concluding Remarks 
1.) Commitment to the Partnership: 
“Many centrifugal forces can pull partnerships apart 
and only one...
Concluding Remarks 
2.) Connectivity, Creativity, Collaboration 
Saxenian, 1994 studying the resurgence of 
Silicon Valley...
Concluding Remarks 
3.) Sustainability of Partnerships: 
More than 70% of partnerships formed between 
universities and in...
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University Roles in Regional Public-Private Partnerships - Dr. Marie Talnack

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There is a trend in industry sector cluster initiatives involving public-private partnerships with an emphasis on technologies, innovation, and economic development. These partnerships can include new levels of cooperation and collaboration between universities, industry, entrepreneurial networks, economic development agencies and others. Federal agencies and programs are seeking regional partnerships to leverage their funding resources and to stimulate public-private regional partnerships. One example has been the recent federally designated Manufacturing Community in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and Ventura Counties, the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Southern California (AMP SoCal). AMP SoCal unites a broad-based consortium of 86 dedicated organizations that have come together to transform the Aerospace and Defense (“A&D”) industry with a focus on advanced manufacturing technologies from additive manufacturing to model-based engineering and design. Simultaneous to the successful launch of the AMP SoCal has been a collaboration between five California State Universities in Los Angeles County to work together as members of this regional partnership and for other initiatives. How these partnerships were formed, their goals, and how they are being nurtured in their fledgling state will be discussed.

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University Roles in Regional Public-Private Partnerships - Dr. Marie Talnack

  1. 1. University Economic Development Association Annual Summit September 30, 2014
  2. 2. “Roles of Universities in Regional Partnerships”
  3. 3. Presenters: -Dr. Marie Talnack, Cal State Poly Pomona, TTO Director and CSU5 Guide -Dion Jackson, USC, Economic Development Center, AMP So Cal Lead -Ashish Vaidya, Special Advisor to the President for Regional Economic Development, Cal State, LA -Julia Potter, Cal State, Northridge, External Relationships and CSU5 Guide
  4. 4. Key Concepts: -University’s as Innovation Hubs in their Regions -When to Participate/How to Participate -Taking the Lead: USC’s EDC -Multi-Campus Collaborations- University Initiatives /Partnerships -CSU5: Industry Relations and Research -Participation in Regional A&D Partnership
  5. 5. “There is a high degree of consensus around the idea of considering universities and research centres as critical institutional actors in national innovation systems within the knowledge-based economy”. Elena (2009) The question is what will be the university’s role in this new system; how does it differ from the role they have played?
  6. 6. Dr. Marie Talnack: “The Role of the University in a Regional Partnership” The university must be clear on the answers to such straightforward questions as: What can we learn from such a partnership? What do we need to know? Where should we be going as a university? How does this fit our mission?
  7. 7. The emphasis now is building upon existing local comparative advantages as well as stimulating innovation and entrepreneurial activity. This is about relationships and networks as much as ‘brick and mortar’ physical infrastructure.
  8. 8. Dion Jackson: Taking the Lead in a Regional Innovation Partnership: “AMP for SoCal”
  9. 9. “Imagine if this region had a network….”
  10. 10. Concluding Remarks 1.) Commitment to the Partnership: “Many centrifugal forces can pull partnerships apart and only one-the shared commitment and interdependency of the partners-can hold them together” (Larson and Brahmakulam, 2002: 36).
  11. 11. Concluding Remarks 2.) Connectivity, Creativity, Collaboration Saxenian, 1994 studying the resurgence of Silicon Valley from a period of economic recession found areas rebounded with new technologies, new industries and new applications for technologies. The networks were in place, the university relationships continued to grow, and most importantly physical ‘distance’ no longer mattered.
  12. 12. Concluding Remarks 3.) Sustainability of Partnerships: More than 70% of partnerships formed between universities and industry end in either failure or a lack of significant results. Partnerships require a commitment of resources and time on the part of participants. Too often, once the initial interest wanes meetings are postponed, subside, and eventually stop altogether.

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