That's what new executive director Earle Traynham envisions for the First Coast Technology Park.
...University of North Florida President
Anne Hopkins nominated Traynham
, dean of the school's business college, to assume oversight of the tech park after Fagin resigned Feb. 1. UNF's Foundation
receives profits generated by real estate transactions in the park.
Though no specific companies were mentioned, Traynham
looking to medical research and engineering firms.
With the proximity to UNF, there's also great interest in companies willing to let students get involved through internships.
"To put it in a very folksy way," Traynham
said, "we're looking for good neighbors."
Traynham's appointment was the only issue on yesterday's agenda.The authority is scheduled to meet again March 11 to discuss the completion of the park's first phase and the development of phase two. Traynham
will be gone for the next two weeks.After yesterday's meeting, he
caught a plane to France, where he'll teach in an exchange program. While managing the tech park, Traynham will continue as dean of the College of Business Administration.He
also will continue to teach a sophomore-level class in economics. Traynham joined the UNF faculty in 1973 and became dean in 1994.