BRIC Named as Finalist in Global Innovator's Award

Sept. 14, 2011

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WACO, Texas, (Sept. 14, 2011) - The Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) project was selected as one of eight worldwide finalists competing for CoreNet Global's 2011 H. Bruce Russell Global Innovators Awards (GIA), according to Truell Hyde, Ph.D., Baylor University Vice Provost for Research.

The BRIC is the first, and cornerstone, facility of a 21-acre discovery complex that will evolve into the Central Texas Technology and Research Park as tenants populate the park over the next few decades. It will provide researchers, organizations and private companies -- particularly hi-tech startup businesses -- with 300,000 square feet of physical space for labs, research centers, industry collaborative space, workforce training and symposia meeting venues for up to 300 attendees. Additionally, science, technology, engineering and math STEM) space and an Innovative Business Accelerator are planned.

CoreNet is an international organization for real estate developers, equity investors and economic development professionals. The H. Bruce Russell Global Innovator's Award is CoreNet Global's most prestigious award. Nominees are selected by a panel of judges from submissions to the Global Awards Program which demonstrate true innovation.

This summer, representatives from Baylor's Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the Greater Waco Chamber, and Perkins+Will Architects went to Atlanta to deliver the BRIC presentation. Final results will be announced at the annual CoreNet Members Summit meeting on Nov. 6 in Atlanta.

About Baylor University

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, classified as such with "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.

About CoreNet Global

CoreNet Global is the world's leading association for corporate real estate (CRE) and workplace professionals, service providers and economic developers. Our 7,000 members, who include 70 percent of the top 100 U.S. companies and nearly half of the Global 2000, meet locally, globally and virtually to develop networks, share knowledge, learn and thrive professionally.

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