Park Points – April 29, 2024

Welcome back to another edition of Park Points, a quick recap of news, information, and events relevant to KU Innovation Park’s mission and vision.

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 “Eds & meds” as engines of opportunity

A new report shows how eds and meds—higher education and academic medical institutions—are vital engines of learning, innovation, prosperity and opportunity. Eds and meds promote local prosperity and opportunity in three ways.

  • Cities with robust eds and meds rank higher in innovation than those without. Educational institutions play major roles in basic science, fueling activity in research and development.
  • Eds and meds create talent prepared to flourish in today’s workplaces. Data show that cities with eds and meds not only outperform degree attainment levels but also perform better than cities in training people for in-demand occupations and trades.
  • These institutions also shape cities through real estate and community engagement. Effective placemaking can increase business and talent attraction.

 The report concludes that by focusing on innovation, talent and placemaking, “In the long term, cities that perform well for educational attainment, workplace skills development, and innovation will perform well as engines of prosperity and opportunity for people living there.”

Treats at the Park

  • The Uplift Coffee truck will be at the Park on Tuesday, May 7, from 7:30 to 9 a.m.
  • Torched Goodness will be at the Park on Thursday, May 16, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Congrats to graduating Park analysts

Two of the Park’s current business analysts are graduating! We’re so thankful for their contributions and wish them luck on their next ventures.

  • Dorothy Haggard will graduate from KU with a B.S. in chemical engineering with pre-medicine and biomedical concentrations and honors distinction. She’ll be attending the KU School of Medicine starting this summer in the MD/Ph.D. program.
  • Aditi Kiragi will graduate from KU with a B.S. in finance and marketing with a specialization in marketing analytics. She will join Boeing’s Finance Career Foundation Program (FCFP), moving through four six-month rotations around the country.

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