FORT WORTH – City leaders and Texas A&M University System officials are working on a downtown research hub for business development.
The Texas A&M System Research and Innovation Center will be built alongside a new Education Alliance Building, which will host conferences and house professional, technical, and university courses offered by the Texas A&M School of Law, Tarleton State University, Texas A&M University, the Texas A&M Health Science Center, and other alliance members.
These buildings will be the nucleus of a urban campus anchored by a new law school at 1515 Commerce St. The current law school is in the former Southwestern Bell call switching facility that was converted for office use. The school also uses leased space in a nearby building.
The System owns four blocks in the area, and the city has nearby property that could become available.
Six notable local employers—Alcon, AT&T, Bell, Elbit Systems of America, Lockheed Martin, and Philips—are interested in collaborating in particular research areas.
The Texas Division of Emergency Management, the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute are the System agencies involved in the project.
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Source: Texas A&M University System