Academic journal article Planning for Higher Education

Tamana Intech Park, Trinidad and Tobago: A Case Study

Academic journal article Planning for Higher Education

Tamana Intech Park, Trinidad and Tobago: A Case Study

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Trinidad and Tobago has a TT$1.159 billion technology park: Tamana Intech Park, which is located on 1,100 acres of land, in Wallerfield, Arima, east of Trinidad. It was conceived as a special economic zone for knowledge-based industries and a key growth pole to aid in the diversification process of the economy away from oil and gas. The intent was that it was to be a self-contained city center inclusive of such amenities as a transportation hub, cafeteria, restaurants, banking facilities, and convenience shops.

Tamana was segmented into four areas to foster a cluster environment: information and communications technology (ICT); knowledge-based, high value manufacturing; agro-industrial; and mixed use. It was intended that the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), which focuses heavily on entrepreneurship in its curriculum and has close links to energy and non-energy industries in the country, be the planning and collaborative hub for churning out trained local human resources for the park tenants.

Those tenants were expected to be a mix of high-tech local and international companies. Docking ports in each allocated tenant lot would give the lease owner/tenant access to water, electricity, and lights. …

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