Huntsville City Council members held a special session last night to discuss SHSU’s planned Research Park.
Tipton and Associates Architect Ken Tipton explained to the Council who was involved in the project . . . .
Louisiana Business and Technical Center Executive Director and development consultant Charles D’Agostino passed along to councilmembers some of the fundamental purposes of the research park . . . .
D’Agostino said what it boiled down to was “jobs, tax base, and economic stimulus to the community.” The fact that SHSU was a criminal justice training center would be one of the major assets of the park, as major research and products related to the discipline would result.
One of the roles the City could play, would be in extending utilities to the park. A possible grant paying for most of this was discussed, as well as other future costs to the City. Mayor Mac Woodward commented . . . .[audio:http://ksam1017.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/SHSUPARK3-6-27-12.mp3|titles=SHSUPARK#3-6-27-12]
SHSU Vice President of Finance and Operations, Al Hooten, said the university is landlocked and needs an area like the research park for expansion in the future. The Council will continue to consider its future involvement with SHSU’s planned $200 million dollar project.