RENO — The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced a $2.8 million Economic Development Administration grant award to the Desert Research Institute for critical roadway infrastructure to serve the Dandini Research Park.
The 328-acre Dandini Research Park, which encircles DRI and the Truckee Meadows Community College campuses, is designed to attract private sector companies seeking collaboration with the faculty, laboratories and research at DRI. Additionally, the Dandini Research Park provides access to the National Weather Service forecast office and the University of Nevada, Reno’s Great Basin Science Sample & Records Library, and the workforce development capabilities of Truckee Meadows Community College.
“As a result of our master planning process, the Dandini Research Park could have more than 1,900 daily commuter vehicles at full capacity, and the current roadway system simply cannot handle that potential increase,” said DRI President Dr. Stephen Wells. “In order to meet the future growth needs of the campus for education, research and business development, this grant was critical to solve the infrastructure challenge.”
The $2.8 million infrastructure grant was the outcome of the completion of the Dandini Research Park Master Plan, a $200,000 project funded by DRI and the Economic Development Administration in 2009. In January of this year, the Dandini Research Park Master Plan was approved as a “project of regional significance” by the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency.
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