URI to host public forum on feasibility report for research and technology park

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KINGSTON, R.I. – October 12, 2007 – The University of Rhode Island will host a public forum to discuss the results of a report on the feasibility of establishing a research and technology park adjacent to URI’s Kingston campus. The forum will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 2:30 p.m. in the ballroom of the URI Memorial Union.

The study presents options for establishing public-private research partnerships best suited to enhance economic development in Rhode Island and analyzes the potential for a university-affiliated business park. After considering four sites, the study recommends development of URI property along Flagg Road.

The report also provides a business plan for the development and operation of the park.

Developed in cooperation with the town of South Kingstown and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, the feasibility study was prepared by the consulting firms of George Henry George Partners of McLean, Va., D.C. Lyndon and Associates of Stamford, Conn., and the Beta Group of Lincoln, R.I.

The report can be viewed at www.uri.edu/administration. For further information about the public forum, contact the URI Division of Administration at 401-874-2433.