UNM Economic Development

Victor Hwang

Victor Hwang, California venture capitalist, will discuss the concepts of his book "The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley," and how they relate to research universities. Hwang thinks of Silicon Valley as a big experiement, where people of diverse backgrounds and talents came together to develop a community of mutual trust, collaboration, and support. He says that in order to develop innovation amongst peers, "tribes of trust" must be built. More on Hwang's Rainforest concepts can be read online via Forbes.com.

Economic Development

Friday, September 21, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Student Union Building (SUB), Ballroom C
parking at the UNM Cornell parking structure

:: Due to an excellent response, all spaces are filled and registration is now closed for this event. Thank you.

:: UNM Communications and Marketing will be live blogging the event (starting at 9 a.m.)

Join UNM President Robert Frank and guests, including Governor Susana Martinez, and Victor Hwang, author of "The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley," for a day of structured conversation about practical ways UNM can directly impact how the state, communities, employers, and entrepreneurs grow our regional economy. Special guest speakers include New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela and University of Florida's Ed Poppell.

Who should attend: Albuquerque area business people, economic developers, university community involved in or interested in economic development, community and government leaders.

Documents of Interest for Participants:

:: White Paper: The Rainforest: How "Chicago Thinking" Explains Silicon Valley by Victor W. Hwang

:: A New Paradigm for Economic Development: How Higher Education Institutions Are Working to Revitalize Their Regional and State Economies by David F. Shaffer and David J. Wright

:: Building on Innovation: The Significance of Anchor Institutions in a New Era of City Building by Tom Murphy

:: New Mexico R&D 2012

:: The University-Government R&D Partnership in the 21st Century: Shared Opportunities and Responsibilities for New Investments, Efficiencies, and World-Changing Impacts by Jeffrey R. Seemann

Technology21: Innovation and Technology in the 21st Century Creating Better Jobs For New Mexicans, A Science and Technology Roadmap for New Mexico's Future New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez' Office and New Mexico Economic Development Department

8:30 Check-in
9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks: Universities as centers of innovation, creativity, research, and thought leadership with Robert Frank, President, University of New Mexico
  The Role of Research Universities in Growing Our State's Economy with Governor Susana Martinez.
  The City's Perspective with Mayor Richard Berry
  UNM, NMSU, NMT: Presidents' Panel on Opportunities and Challenges at our Research Universities with President Frank; Dan Lopez, President, New Mexico Institute for Mining and Technology; and Barbara Couture; President, New Mexico State University
  "The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley," with author Victor Hwang. Hwang will relate "The Rainforest" to New Mexico and the opportunities to communicate, collaborate, and build trust that leads to innovation and economic advancement.
  The Rainforest in the Desert Panel with Lisa Kuuttila, STC.UNM; Larry Sklar, UNM Center for Molecular Discovery; R. Terry Dunlay,IntelliCyt Corporation; and J. Michael Schafer, NM Community Capital
  National Labs Panel with Moderator Gene Grant, New Mexico InFocus, KNME; Col. Bill Cooley, Air Force Research Laboratory; David Hardy, Air Force Research Laboratory; J. Stephen Rottler, Sandia National Laboratories; and Richard Marquez, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Lunch and Speakers:

The New Mexico Experience with Jon Barela, Secretary, State of New Mexico Economic Development Department and

The University of Florida Experience with Ed Poppell, Innovator and former Vice President of Business Affairs and Economic Development, University of Florida. Poppell will give an "outside looking in" perspective and will discuss his experience on the power of universities to help build sustainable economies.

The UNM Health Sciences Experience with Paul Roth, Chancellor

1:00 UNM Panel with Chaouki Abdallah, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; Doug Brown, Dean, Anderson Schools of Management; John McGraw, Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development; Richard Larson, HSC Executive Vice Chancellor; Catalin Roman, Dean, School of Engineering; and Geraldine Forbes, Dean, School of Architecture and Planning
1:30 Breakout Sessions: Where do we go from here? Several group facilitated discussion sessions with participants.
3:30 Report Out and Final Thoughts with President Frank to conclude the summit.