United Kingdom considers Waco for growing business

April 24, 2007

The United Kingdom Defence Manufacturers Association (DMA) visited Waco in March to explore possible aviation-related partnerships.

Baylor University's Office of the Vice Provost for Research helped sponsor the DMA's trip to Waco, along with Texas State Technical College. A luncheon held at the Mayborn Museum on March 21, included Secretary of State Roger Williams.

"The fact that several of the United Kingdom's leading aerospace contractors took the time to visit Baylor, TSTC, and Waco, coupled with the fact that they attracted the secretary of state to come to Baylor to meet with them is of great significance for all concerned," said Truell Hyde, vice provost for research.

Potential future partnerships with the United Kingdom could lead to research and development for the university, as well as regional economic development, said Hyde.

The DMA, the largest trade association in the United Kingdom, is considering a central Texas office, and Waco is one of their options.

Baylor was just one of their stops on their "Texas Tour." Other industry companies the DMA visited while they were in Texas included, TSTC, L-3 Communications, FreeFlight Systems, McDowell Research and Advanced Concepts & Technologies International, Fort Hood, Lockheed Martin and more.

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.