Texas A&M University - Central Texas
Tarleton State University is "Tomorrow's Texas A&M University - Central Texas".
Talent and Place
In the 21st Century information-technology economy, highly mobile and relatively affluent Americans will move to communities that fit their lifestyles and companies will follow the people. The growing number of people who place a value on technology, information and education will see college towns as communities filled with like-minded people. Smart businesses will follow the people creating a business boom in the nation’s college towns.
How will Texas A&M - Central Benefit the Region?
A Texas A&M University – Central Texas campus represents the most important economic and community development initiative for the region since the establishment of Fort Hood in 1942. The impact of a stand-alone campus associated with the Texas A&M University System on the communities in the region is considerable. The Texas A&M system contains some of the finest institutions of higher education and research in the world.
Economic & Academic Impact
A 2006 strategic planning report entitled “Operation Economic Transformation”, projected the economic impact of the creation of Texas A&M – Central Texas. According to the report:
- At 1,000 students enrolled, the proposed campus would have a total annual impact on the region of $14.2 million and would employ 258 people including direct, indirect and induced employment. This figure includes the impact of university expenditures, as well as student and visitor spending.
- At 2,500 enrolled students, the proposed campus would have a total annual impact on the region of $37.2 million and employ 677 people.
- At 3,500 students enrolled, the proposed campus would have a total annual impact on the region of $54.8 million and would employ 993 people.
- At 6,500 students enrolled, the proposed campus would have a total annual impact on the region of $106.5 million and would employ 1,926 people.
These projections do not include the impact of the creation of Technical Research Centers which would attract advanced research facilities and spur significant private investment.
Research and Development
The university provides a crucial opportunity to reshape the area’s economic base. The future campus has the potential to attract advanced research facilities and spur significant private investment. A TAMU-CT campus would offer TAMU faculty, researchers, and students closer proximity and greater access to the advanced research, development, and testing activities being conducted at Fort Hood.
Support for Two Emergin Technologies
- Healthcare / Bioscience