The Triple Helix: Government, Academia and the Private Sector Working Together to Create Jobs

The Triple Helix: Government, Academia and the Private Sector Working Together to Create Jobs
Friday, December 11, 2015

Sponsored by the CSG Fiscal & Economic Development Public Policy Group

As the United States' economy gains momentum, state leaders are focused on answering a few key questions. How can the U.S. sustain that momentum? Where should we place our bets and invest our resources to create long-term pathways to prosperity? This session brought together experts from government, academia and the private sector to discuss how best to collaborate in developing a long-term strategy to grow the economy and create quality jobs. Attendees also heard a fiscal and economic forecast for 2016 and received a briefing on the status of international trade agreements.


Anthony (Tony) Boccanfuso, President, University Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP)

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Taylor Eighmy, Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

  Download the presentation "Role of University Knowledge Enterprises in Driving Economic Development" in PDF (without audio) as a Video (with audio) 

Brad Fenwick, Senior Vice President of Global Academic & Research Relations, Elsevier

  Download the presentation "Fostering Collaborations through Big-Data Analytics" in PDF (without audio) as a Video (with audio)

Mark Meares, Associate Vice Chancellor for Corporate & Foundation Relations, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  Download the presentation "The More Complex the Problem, the Need for Collaboration" in PDF (without audio) as a Video (with audio) 

Keith Brainard, Research Director, National Association of State Retirement Administrators

  Download the presentation "Briefing from the Public Pension Policy Academy" in PDF (without audio) as a Video (with audio) 

Speaker Biographies:
Anthony (Tony) Boccanfuso

As the president of University Industry Demonstration Partnership, Boccanfuso is a leading expert on university-industry relations, in print and on the speaker circuit, domestically and internationally. He holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor’s in chemistry and political science from Furman University. Boccanfuso also serves as a consultant for government agencies, non-profit organizations and corporations and is vice chair of the MedStar Health Research Institute.

Keith Brainard

As research director, Mr. Brainard collects, prepares and distributes to NASRA members news, studies and reports pertinent to public retirement system administration and policy. Mr. Brainard is co-author of The Governmental Plans Answer Book, Third Edition, and he created and maintains the Public Fund Survey, an online compendium of public pension data sponsored by NASRA. He created the State & Local Pension Exchange, predecessor to the Public Fund Survey and recipient of the Award for Excellence in Government Finance from the Government Finance Officers Association. He has discussed public pension issues before Congress, state legislative committees, public pension boards of trustees, and on multiple media outlets.

Taylor Eighmy

Eighmy is the vice chancellor for research and engagement and a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He serves on the UT-Battelle Liaison Committee to Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He also serves on the boards of Oak Ridge Associated Universities, the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, the UT Research Foundation and Cherokee Farm Development Corp. Eighmy represents UT on the National Academies’ Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable and the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership, as well as the Technology Leadership & Strategy Initiative of the Council on Competitiveness.

Brad Fenwick

Fenwick formerly held research executive roles as vice chancellor for research and engagement at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and as vice president for research at Virginia Tech. He completed his B.S. in biology, D.V.M, and M.S. at Kansas State University and his Ph.D. in comparative pathology and residency in diagnostic pathology at the University of California, Davis. He also was a professor of pathobiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine and adjunct professor in the Department of Microbiology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Mark Meares

Meares heads UNC’s corporate and foundation fundraising efforts, and has been a key strategic partner in the Innovate at Carolina effort from the beginning. Meares graduated from UNC in 1978 with a Bachelor’s in English. For the next 16 years, he worked at Village Companies in Chapel Hill, N.C., in various capacities. He then joined the Hudson Belk department store chain as marketing director in 1995 and was promoted to vice president in 1996. Meares has served on the boards of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation. He joined the University Advancement staff in April 1998 as associate director of corporate and foundation relations and became director of corporate and foundation relations for academic affairs in 2001.