Sandia Science & Tech Park Masters Sense of Community for Businesses

Amenities include business development, day care, mini parks, access to world-class scientists

Aerial photo of the Sandia Science & Technology Park (Courtesy of Sandia Science & Technology Park)

 

If you don’t have a tech company, you may want to start one just to have a chance of locating at the Sandia Science & Technology Park.

The 300-acre master-planned development is anything but an industrial square; it’s a professional and intellectual playground – grass and picnics included. Here, innovative tech companies regularly mix with the nation’s top science and engineering minds; food trucks serve everything from burritos to kale; lunch calories burn off along sinuous bike paths with mountain views; and support exists in equal measure for family and finances, and business growth and development.

If it sounds like a tech geek’s Utopia, it’s not far off.

“We are a master-planned community, so the look and feel of the Park is predictable and attractive,” said Jackie Kerby Moore, executive director of the SS&TP, and manager of technology and economic development at Sandia National Laboratories. The Park is affiliated with Sandia, which sprawls over Kirtland Air Force Base behind high security gates within a short walk from the SS&TP.

“The difference in what we do vs. a business park or industrial park is, we are creating community among our Park tenant companies,” Kerby Moore said. “We proactively build community amongst them through quarterly CEO lunches, through annual picnics, through looking at opportunities to bring them together for business purposes. We have dedicated staff that supports companies in the Park.”

The Park also supports companies that want to partner with Sandia, whether by licensing technology or collaborating on R&D. The SS&TP staff will set up meetings for Park companies with Sandia’s business development and procurement teams and keep Sandia informed about Park businesses, so that Park tenants are top of mind as partnership decisions are made within the Labs.

The totality of the offerings so impressed high-tech company ComScire that it moved to Albuquerque from Gainesville, Fla., almost solely because of the amenities and community highlighted in a 9 ½-minute video titled “A Day in the Life of Sandia Science & Technology Park.” ComScire executives discovered it on the SS&TP website during a basic Internet search. (See related newsletter story “Video Inspires Tech Company to Move to ABQ” here)

“We thought, ‘This is the place to come because it looks like there will be synergy and support for high tech businesses,’” said ComScire president and serial tech entrepreneur Scott Wilber.

The SS&TP’s support system includes the following:

  • Dedicated staff
  • Business development assistance
  • Redundant power
  • State-of-the-art fiber optics
  • La Luz Early Childhood Center
  • Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union
  • Two pocket parks/exercise stations/covered picnic areas

The Park has nearly 25,000 square feet of available space for lease, and it also has 200 acres on which to expand. The SS&TP is proactively seeking companies that have a desire to move to the Park due to its location near Sandia and Kirtland Air Force Base, and that want access to and potential synergies with the companies that already reside there.

The SS&TP opened in 1998. Today, it is home to 42 companies and organizations.

For more information, visit sstp.org. A brochure on the Park can be downloaded from https://sstp.org/wp-content/uploads/SSTP-Brochure-Web-092016.pdf.

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