BRIC Hosts Statewide Leadership Meeting of Texas Association of Research Parks and Incubators
by Gary Stokes, Office of the Vice Provost for Research

The Texas Association of Research Parks and Incubators (TARPI) recently held their 2013 statewide meeting at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC). Forty research park and business incubator officials traveled to Waco from across the state to attend the August 29th event.

"Our statewide leadership group was extremely impressed with the quality of the BRIC and with the vision that demonstrates a deep commitment to economic growth for the region," said Larry Peterson, Executive Director of TARPI's parent organization, The Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities. "Baylor University, TSTC Waco and the surrounding community should be very proud of this facility and the research and commercialization activities it supports."

Also attending the event was Eileen Walker, CEO of the Tuscon-based Association of University Research Parks (AURP), a professional association of university related research and science parks that fosters innovation, commercialization and economic growth through university, industry and government partnerships. She was favorably impressed with the BRIC as well.

"Having the wonderful opportunity to see the brand new BRIC at one of the first official meetings held there was a true privilege; kudos to everyone at Baylor University who was involved in this outstanding project," she said. "The BRIC provides a great place and a great opportunity for collaboration -- as the meeting of all the incubators and research park directors in Texas demonstrates."

TARPI is a federation of more than 30 venture development organizations statewide, providing service to the state, communities and each other in the development of high-performance innovation and commercialization infrastructure. It is a project of the Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities, made possible by a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission and the Office of the Governor.

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.