These are some of the strategic initiatives currently underway at OURP.
Solar Zone at the UA Tech Park
The 222-acre Solar Zone, located at the UA Tech Park, is the nation’s largest multiple tenant, multiple technology solar demonstration site. It allows companies to develop and test new products and technologies side by side, under identical conditions.
In Phase One of the project, we’re working with Tucson Electric Power to create six solar generation projects – enough to power nearly 4,000 Tucson homes.
When it’s completed, the Solar Zone will host a full range of solar energy activities, including:
- Power generation by multiple technologies
- Research and development
- Materials and supplies
- Manufacturing and distribution of solar equipment and hardware
- Green-job and workforce training
- Educational outreach
- Public demonstration and awareness hub
Learn more about the Solar Zone or contact
, Director, Business Development.
Border Technology Initiative
We’re working to establish a Border Technology Center at the UA Tech Park -- a program and set of facilities that would enable companies to test and certify their technologies for use by government and industry.Click Here for White Paper
Regional YMCA at the UA Tech Park
A recent survey of Tech Park companies demonstrated a strong desire for health and fitness facilities and programs for employees. To meet this need, we’ve been working with the YMCA to establish a new facility at the UA Tech Park.
The facility will be located on 8 acres of land along Rita Road, just north of the Park’s main entrance. It will include:
- Recreational and meeting space
- Health and fitness center
- Swimming pool
PIma County is also considering locating a library on the site.
The UA Tech Park will contribute land for the facilities, and Pima County and the YMCA will fund the project;
Global Advantage Soft Landing Program for International Companies
Global Advantage provides assistance to international companies that are interested in establishing operations in Southern Arizona. It provides technology companies with short-term office space at the UA Tech Park and help in making the connections they need to learn about markets, identify suppliers, and connect with researchers, business leaders and decision makers.
Industry Testing, Evaluation and Demonstration Center
Moving new technologies out of the laboratory and into the marketplace often requires large scale, rigorous testing. We’re working to develop a facility at the UA Tech Park that will be a dedicated testing site for multiple technologies -- solar and renewable energy, optics/photonics, border security technology and others.
Statewide Incubator Network
We’re working with leaders of technology incubators in the state to create the Arizona Incubator Network. Our partners include incubator managers from Phoenix, Tempe, Flagstaff, Globe, Surprise, Phoenix, and Yuma.
The group is preparing an inventory of incubator resources, facilities, program and services. It will also share best practices and work to secure state and federal funding for Arizona’s incubators.
Pathway to Discovery
The Pathway to Discovery, to be located at the UA Bio Park
, will invite the community to explore science and technology. The interactive, multi-sensory pathway will focus on the themes or earth, universe, and life sciences. It will highlight technologies pioneered and developed in Arizona.