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Board looks for interim director of tech & research park

More steps are being taken for the planned technology and research park in North Stafford. But there’s still much to be do before it’s all complete.

One of the most important pieces is to find an executive director or someone to fill that position on an interim basis. The Community & Economic Development Committee discussed the position with a George Mason University official Tuesday, and asked Dennis McBride if he would be interested. McBride, currently the associate vice president of research (and quite the impressive resume), said it is a position he would love–but that more discussions would need to take place.

The committee did ask the county’s Economic Development staff to draft a Memorandum of Agreement, to be signed to make GMU a research partner in the tech park. The university is very interested in having its own if this does not work out, according to McBride. All parties hoped to sign the MOA soon. The Association of University Research Parks has also agreed to help write a Mission and Vision for the park.

The goal of the tech park, which has already started offering a handful of classes in space leased for free for five years in the Quantico Corporate Center, is to offer high level technical educational opportunities, which would attract and keep talent in Stafford, rather than up north.