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Valleybrook’s future: ETSU hopes to fill some of campus space with businesses

Rex Barber • Sep 3, 2012 at 7:51 AM

East Tennessee State University’s Valleybrook Campus, a large facility about 15 miles north of the school given to the university in 2010, was originally intended to be used for academic research but now the school is pushing to bill the place as an economic driver for the region.

“I had thought that we had such a shortage of labs on campus that we would have a real rush of people” moving research to Valleybrook, said Wilsie Bishop, university COO and vice president of health affairs. “But we got the ... stimulus dollar grants ... to renovate the labs over at the College of Medicine and to renovate Brown Hall. And those came at the same time we got Valleybrook.”

Valleybrook was originally given to the ETSU Foundation by Eastman Chemical Co. in summer 2010. The property has since been handed over to ETSU in full.

Located at Valleybrook is a 72,000-square-foot research and office complex and a 30,000-square-foot warehouse that sit on 144 acres in Sullivan County, just off Interstate 26’s Eastern Star Road exit.

What's in store for ETSU's newest campus? Assistant News Editor Rex Barber asked university administrators about how they plan to fill Valleybrook with research teams and business projects. Barber also learned more about one program already taking extensive advantage of Valleybrook with a hands-on course with real-world application.

Read the results in the Monday, Sept. 3, edition of Johnson City Press. Both articles appear on page 1.

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