"We couldn't possibly have afforded to do it ourselves," he said.
"Kind of the feeling was something huge was going to happen," city Councilman
Phase One, he said, was starting the process to redevelop the mill site.
"The question was 'who can we partner with to bring back this economy?'" Hartsell said.
Phase Two was getting a solid plan from Murdock. Phase Three was construction. Phase Four, he said, is what has happened since.
"Ultimately what you're doing is not just building a facility, you're changing a culture," Hartsell said. "And that culture is not just changing from textiles to either pharma or nutraceutical development, but it's changing the attitude of the community about what it is and where it is based upon what it does."
Phase Four will take time, he said. The Research Campus was expected to be complete by 2010, but much of the old mill footprint is still empty space.
Plans are in the works for a
The recession in 2008 played a major role in slowing the build-out, Dayvault said. "It was in the ... worst time in American history going back to the Great Depression for any kind of investment, public or private."
Universities were trying to move to the campus, but progress was impeded by the uncertainty created by the economic downturn.
"It lost its initial steam," Dayvault said.
A work in progress
The campus is far from complete, despite several buildings with hundreds of employees who work there.
She said the cross-disciplinary nature of the campus contributes greatly to her research in how nutrients like fatty acids, choline and iron affect infant brain development.
"When I need an expert in genetics I just walk upstairs," she said.
She said she picked out her office before the
"It's starting to be the bustling campus that I hoped it would be when I came here," she said.
Still, she said, many in the community don't know anything about what different Research Campus organizations are doing.
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