An “intent to plan” a technology park at MU will go before the UM System Board of Curators for approval when it meets in St. Louis this week, spokesman Joe Moore said.
A technology, or research, park is a cluster of high-tech companies fusing university research and ideas with community entrepreneurs and businesses to stimulate economic development.
Plans for the park at South Farm, south of Columbia on U.S. 63, are in the early stages and officials must get the board’s approval to move ahead. Moore said development of all major university facilities requires board approval.
John Gardner, vice president for research and economic development, and Nikki Krawitz, vice president for finance and administration, will present information about the technology park first to the Committee on Physical Facilities and Management Services and then to the entire board. The vote is scheduled for Friday.