updated: 5/18/2010 4:29:42 PM
While the tough economy has left many companies struggling, Indiana's research parks continue to grow. Purdue Research Foundation Senior Vice President Joe Hornett says tech parks and business incubators in West Lafayette, South Bend, Indianapolis, Crane and Fort Wayne have all been able to increase space and attract new companies and high-tech jobs.
Source: Inside INdiana Business
A recent national study found U.S. incubator/research park programs have grown 8 to 10 percent annually over the past five years and Indiana has been part of that boost.
Source: Inside INdiana Business
Purdue Research Park
-In 2007, PRP had about 150 companies that employed about 3,200 people and about 307,000 square feet of incubation space.
-In 2010, PRP has nearly 200 companies that employ about 4,000 people statewide and have about 500,000 square feet of incubation space for startups and growing companies.
-In February, PRP announced a 50 percent increase in new companies based on Purdue University technology for the last fiscal year. The number went from 8 to 12 in startup creation.
-Dedicating its new Dow AgroSciences life sciences partnership in the fall that will create more than 50 new high-tech jobs.
-Dedicating a 12,000-square-foot expansion to the Purdue Research Park of Northwest Indiana this summer.
-In 2009, two California high-tech companies, Scale Computing (IT) and Windstream Technologies (urban-based windmills to support alternative energy) relocated to Indiana and moved into Purdue Research Park in Indianapolis and New Albany.
WestGate Tech Park Job Growth in Crane, Ind.
-Announced May 11 the creation of 35 new jobs and addition of 17,000-square-feet of lab space through its URS Corp. Company currently employs 240 technology professionals to NSWC Crane and related contracts.
-More than 100,000 square feet of all-new lab, commercial, office and mixed use space has been developed at the site since 2007.
-In 2010 plans include construction of a multi-use 60,000 training center that will be capable of hosting national and international technology conferences associated with the $2 billion Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in southern Indiana. Two other new mixed-use facilities totaling more than 50,000 sq. ft. are also set to break ground in early 2010.
Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, www.niic.net
-In March, officials announced a growth of 20 news jobs through IntelliTek, a software development company that launched a business social networking product
Innovation Park at Notre Dame, http://www.innovationparknd.com
-In May, officials announced two new client companies - Innovation Park at Notre Dame Welcomes Two New Client Companies : SlipStream, LLC (hybrid vehicle system) and RemSense, Inc. (Web-based tool to boost education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
-In February, Innovation Park announced a new greenhouse client – Road to Fondwa LLC.
Indiana University Emerging Technologies Center
-Companion Diagnostics, a startup that performs screening for new biotech products, plans to move assets from Connecticut to Indianapolis to create a $15.5 million facility with 30 new high-tech jobs. Companion Diagnostics works out of the Indiana University Emerging Technologies, a business incubator near the Indianapolis Downtown Canal.
Source: Purdue Research Foundation