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BLUE SPRINGS, MO-Trammell Crow Co. has been pegged as the master developer of the Missouri Innovation Park here in Blue Springs by the Blue Springs Economic Development Corp. The 500-acre plot, at I-70 and Adams Dairy Parkway, is set to be a hub for science and technology companies in the western part of the state.

“A project like the Missouri Innovation Park gives us the opportunity to create a platform for creating new and better jobs in the community that will improve the human condition,” says James Didion, a principal with TCC.

The project is a collaboration between the City of Blue Springs and the University of Missouri. The university will be one of the first tenants of the park opening the Mizzou Innovation Center.

“This collaboration will be a major asset for the MIP on the one hand, and for Mizzou on the other. Clearly a win-win. The selection of Trammell Crow will move the project along dramatically,” says Brian Foster, University of Missouri provost.

TCC will take charge of the 120 to 180 day planning phase the project is currently in the midst of. The Dalla-based company will finalize the plan, land use, marketing and financing side of the project. Work is slated to begin in 2010.

When the project was first announced at the end of 2008, Carson Ross, mayor of Blue Springs, said, “The Missouri Innovation Park at Blue Springs will provide a supportive and synergistic environment for the development and commercialization of knowledge-based technologies in the Western part of the State of Missouri. In collaboration with the research expertise of the University of Missouri, we intend to attract a broad array of science and technology research organizations and companies at all stages of development, especially focusing on the resources within the Kansas City area in the animal health and alternative energy sectors.”

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