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CURRENT ITDC PROJECTS
Projects are at the heart of the ITDC experience.Projects are initially identified by the ITDC principals or its Board. The Directors and the ITDC Board,
take advantage of their diverse backgrounds to anticipate and identify projects that showcase
regional strengths in Arid Lands Livability (a multi-disciplined approach that includes ecological, plant,
and agricultural sciences along with materials, chemicals, electronics, and optical sciences), Entrepreneurship, and Sustainable Economic Development.
Then the projects are evaluated by interns in conjunction with ITDC principals and the respective
technology experts resident at the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and within the local entrepreneurial community. The interns bring the latest ideas and concepts from top graduate
schools to bear along with the energy, enthusiasm, and the intellectual curiosity needed to make a
project evaluation successful.
• Arid Lands Sustainable Bio-Energy Institute
ITDC joined the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to create a commercially viable and responsible Bio-Energy economy for southern Arizona and other Arid, Semi-Arid and soon to be desert
environments. What makes the institute unique is the multidiscipline, cross-professional culture, its emphasis on Arid Lands, and its objective to commercialize technology. The Co-Executive Directors
are Don Slack Ph.D., University of Arizona, Professor in Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering, and Ron Richman Ph.D., ITDC, Chairman. The website is up ( http://www.cals.arizona.edu/bioenergy), and ITDC is to be the commercialization arm to support: Discovery and Development, Outreach and Education, and Policy. Now we are in the middle of contacting local and regional corporations to become research sponsors and members.
• Arizona-Israel Initiative
U.S. Economic Development Administrationfs i6 Green is designed to accelerate commercialization by requiring team formation around existing regional infrastructure, technologies, and human capital while allowing the creation of new support networks that showcase the regionfs competitive advantage. In Arizona's case, our competitive advantage is in Arid Lands Technologies. At the same time, we assess that creating a public/private/educational partnership for research and development would be more robust than depending upon researchers to come up with "home run" ideas alone.
To create a gBio-Economy Proof of Concept Centerh that seeks to make use of Arid Lands Technologies related to Water, Energy, and Specialty Products from principal research entities and private sector partners in Israel and Arizona to enhance:
1.The Economy of Arizona;
2. Its Tribal Lands;
4.The State of Israel; and,
5. Arid Land Markets around the World.
1. Create a critical mass of private sector partnerships between companies in Israel and Arizona;
2. Raise a $10 million AZ-IS Fund to start this initiative; and,
3. Work with universities from Israel, Arizona and Mexico to collaborate on research and development in Arid Lands Technologies in partnership with the private sector.
1. Introduce Israeli Arid Lands Technology Companies;
2. Partner with Companies from Arizona;
3. Provide gHands Onh support with capital ($300,000) and Strategic Support (Manufacturing, Marketing);
4. Develop next generation products in coordination with the Arid Lands Sustainable BioEnergy Institute.
1. The Bird Foundation (www.birdf.com) agreed to come to Arizona to make two presentations in Phoenix and Tucson to help local companies find Israeli partners and funding in November.
2. The BARD Foundation (www.bard-isus.com) agreed to come to Arizona to help local university professors and non-profits find Israeli partners for collaborative grant proposals in November.
3. AZ-IS Fund Israeli partners, Moshe Kelner and Arie Ben David, will fly to Tucson to meet with prospective investors on Wednesday, September 7th and Wednesday, September 14, respectively.
4. USDA Maricopa Agricultural Research Center has proposed to do a joint BARD proposal with the Technion.
ITDC assigns interns to work in
teams, and monitors their progress