PSU opens up the conversation about plans for its new “Research Park” to be located next to the Tyler Research Center with business, civic, and community leaders
"I'm most excited about the fact that there's a big industry connection and a lot of the research is aimed at commercialization of new products,” says President of Progressive Products Todd Allison.
Research to be done by students at the proposed facilities will focus on polymers and their application to local industries.
"Polymers run the gamut in industrial applications. It's not just plastics; of course, that's one of the areas. Our hope is to already average that already strong competency,” says PSU Executive Director for the Center for Innovation & Business Development Shawn Naccarato.
School officials say one of the main objectives of this new research park is to create more high paying technology jobs and to keep Pitt State students in the area
Naccarato says "What we want to do is build an environment where in we no longer are exporting talent, you know, as much. We would love to have a situation where in business and industry grows up more here or relocates here for our students and talents being developed could stay or come back."
Research that could also help students create their own technology jobs in Southeast Kansas,
Pittsburg Assistant City Manager Jay Byers says "We have a history of entrepreneurship in Pittsburg and we'd like to see that going forward at a high level through the research park and high level jobs.”
University facilities that could help local businesses too,
Allison says "We always have a bunch of irons in the fire, as it were, with new technologies. And there are some things that it's hard to figure out on you own and having access to university knowledge can really accelerate getting that stuff out to the marketplace."
The “Research Park” is in its early planning stages, a process that could take eight to ten more months before architectural drawings are ready.
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