MADISON — Aaron Olver,
a former secretary of the state Department of Commerce and head
of Madison's economic development division, has been hired as
managing director of University Research Park.
"Aaron has extensive experience as a leader on economic
development in the Madison region and across the state. He has
the skills to lead University Research Park as it grows and
changes," said Rebecca Blank, who serves as chair of the
URP Board of Trustees.
Olver worked in the Department of Commerce from 2003 to 2011,
first as executive assistant, then as deputy secretary and
secretary, according to a statement. Olver then became the
director of economic development for the city of Madison and
served as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. in Chicago,
the statement said.
With 3,600 jobs at 126 companies, URP is considered a national
model in the use of real estate as a venue for high-tech,
high-paying jobs, the statement said.