Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Aviation Research Park 'Beneficial' / According to Study

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Aviation Research Park 'Beneficial' / According to Study

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Establishing an aviation-related industrial research and development park in Oklahoma City would be beneficial toward diversifying the area's economy, according to an investigation by Oklahoma State University Technical Branch.

The study, concluded in late July, showed that several other states have established similar parks which worked to solve technical problems, accoridng to Dr. Bill Nelson, director of business/industrial relations at the school.

"Basically what we found out," Nelson said, "is that other states which have established similar resarch parks had a lot of support from their legislatures.

"Right now we (OSU Technical Branch) just don't have the funds available for something like this.

"But we feel that if there were a consortium of the private and public sectors in something like this, it would prove advantageous to Oklahoma, Tinker Air Force Base and the technical branch of Oklahoma State University."

Nelson embarked upon the investigation after reading an article in The Journal Record quoting Bob Buckley, president of Gulfstream Aerospace Technologies Inc., who advocated establishing such a park.

Several times this year Buckley has advocated establishing an aviation-related research and development park near Tinker.

Such a park, he said, would be like "putting an engine" to a plan to improve the state's aviation and aerospace industry.

"We need a front end," he said during a recent meeting of the Governor's Task Force on Aviation and Aerospace Education, "to act like an engine to get it (a strategic plan) started.

"Oklahoma needs to take the initiative and establish a high-level commission to develop a blueprint (for the industry) which can be done through a research park. …

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