News Release: LCRDA
Updated: March 25, 2014, 4pm
TALLAHASSEE - The Leon County Research & Development Authority (LCRDA), together with its partners Florida State University (FSU) and Florida A&M University (FAMU), has completed the restructuring of Innovation Park, allowing the Authority to focus on its core missions of commercializing innovative research and technology and creating economic development opportunities for the region. This restructuring is based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which was signed in November of 2013 by FSU President Eric Barron, FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson and LCRDA Board of Governors Chair, Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier. The land transfers in the MOU were approved and facilitated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection acting on behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund.
“Previously, the Park was required to manage certain responsibilities that took away from its core focus of research and innovation, and this restructuring both creates a clear path forward for the Authority and the Park, while also positioning the Authority to be a key partner in the economic development future of Leon County,” said Commissioner Dozier. “This agreement is only the first step, and all the partners have begun planning for new developments and programs at the Park. I’m excited about what the future holds for the Authority, and I believe our renewed partnership with FAMU and FSU is stronger than ever.”
"Innovation Park has been an important part in the research mission of Florida State University, and has allowed us to build a culture of discovery that can compete for the brightest scientific minds in the world," said FSU Vice President for Research Gary K. Ostrander. "This new agreement gives us the flexibility to expand on our research successes, maintain our technological edge and create economic development opportunities that will benefit Tallahassee and the rest of the North Florida region in exciting new ways."
Larry Robinson, Ph.D., Interim President Florida A&M University agrees saying "this agreement represents a significant moment in FAMU's rich history. Acquiring ownership of the Centennial Building and the 26.8 acres of land transferred from Leon County and the LCRDA will allow us to expand our research, business development and community outreach activities. It also better enables faculty to compete successfully for research awards and allows us to attract top students and faculty from around the nation. Providing state-of-the art facilities to conduct world-class research and engage in entrepreneurial activities will lead to positive economic impacts in Leon County and the State of Florida."
The MOU created a framework for the continued operation of Innovation Park and ensures that the partners’ commitment to providing a common campus will create an environment that fosters ideas and innovations which translate into commercial application. FSU and FAMU each received approximately 17 acres of developable land in Innovation Park. In addition to land on which FSU has already developed buildings it owns, FSU received the Sliger and Shaw Buildings, while FAMU received the Centennial Building. The LCRDA retained 5 buildings, several properties leased to private companies, and approximately 19 acres of developable land in and adjacent to the Park.
“Now that the restructuring is completed, we are very eager to move forward with the continued development of Innovation Park,” said LCRDA Executive Director Ron Miller. “We are working in earnest to create a strategic plan and development concept that will help transform Innovation Park into a more vibrant center for research and technology commercialization.”
Innovation Park of Tallahassee has been the hub of scientific research in North Florida for decades. The university-based research park is overseen by the Leon County Research and Development Authority. Among the partnerships highly valued by the LCRDA are those with Florida State University, Florida A & M University, and Tallahassee Community College, as well as those with governmental and industrial sector representatives. The LCRDA is governed by a nine-member Board of Governors with representatives appointed by Leon County, the City of Tallahassee, Florida State University, Florida A&M University, and Tallahassee Community College.
News Release: LCRDA
TALLAHASSEE – The Board of Governors of the Leon County Research & Development Authority (LCRDA) is pleased to announce the approval of an employment agreement with Ronald J. Miller, Jr. as Executive Director of the Authority. The agreement was approved at the March 6th meeting of the Board of Governors. Miller was first hired in August 2012 as the Interim Administrator of the LCRDA which manages Innovation Park. He became Executive Director in May 2013, but with a limited term of one year.
“I am thrilled that we were able to formalize Ron’s contract as Executive Director at Innovation Park,” said County Commissioner Kristin Dozier, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the LCRDA. “From day one, Ron has been integral in promoting the commercialization of research and development at the Park and helping the partners foster economic development and broaden the economic base in Leon County.”
“I look forward to continuing what we have started,” Miller said. “There are so many great things happening here in Innovation Park, and much more is coming soon that will help transform the Park into an even more valuable community asset. Working with a very committed and dynamic Board, we are positioning the Authority to be more active with our higher education partners, and the Leon County community.”
Miller’s responsibilities include implementation of the Authority’s mission and strategic plan; supervision of the Authority’s staff, budget and operations; and tenant relations at Innovation Park. He brings a wealth of business management, finance and operations experience, as well as experience in state and local government administration. He holds a CPA certificate, and a master’s degree in business administration focused on entrepreneurship.
Innovation Park of Tallahassee has been the hub of scientific research in North Florida for decades. The university-based research park is overseen by the Leon County Research and Development Authority (the Authority). Among the partnerships highly valued by the Authority are those with Florida State University, Florida A & M University, and Tallahassee Community College, as well as those with governmental and industrial sector representatives. The Authority is governed by a nine-member Board of Governors with representatives from Leon County, the City of Tallahassee, Florida State University, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee Community College, and other members of the community.