September 30th marks the 13th birthday for Reese Center - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

September 30th marks the 13th birthday for Reese Technology Center

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Thursday, September 30, 2010 marks the 13th birthday for Reese Technology Center. On this day, 13 years ago, the flags were lowered at Reese Air Force Base (RAFB) and giving birth to what has now become one of the most successful base redevelopment efforts in the nation.

On September 30th, 1997, Reese was one of 97 bases closed by the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) commission. Reese now stands as the only base to complete the entire BRAC process and come out debt free and self supporting.

Reese is a campus centered in Education, Engineering, Research, and Technology. In the past 13 years the campus has had tremendous growth turning the negative loss of the base closure into economic development and 750 jobs for the entire region.

"When you think about the base and loosing the jobs. It's great to see things have happened out here, customers have come in and businesses have come in to bring back those jobs and economic growth for the region," said Reese Technology Center Director of Business Development, Todd Reno.

Some of those public and private sector enterprises are Energy Resources, Lubbock Police Academy, Motorcycle Training Center, South Plains College, Texas Tech University - Institute of Environmental and Human health (TIEHH), and Wind Science & Engineering Research Center (WISE). The Campus is also home to III-N Technology, United States Department of Defense, WesTex Document, and Zachry Engineering.

"It's exciting to see we've been able to bring back so many jobs by utilizing the brain power out there," said Reno.

The National Institute for Renewable Energy (NIRE) is partnering with Reese to research wind turbines on their property, marking the beginning to a new alternative resource for Lubbock. There will be a total of four wind turbines. Reese Technology Center says "the future holds many more projects and innovative research."

"We're working with new ways to harness to utilize those resources and renewable energy to come up with new technologies and come up with new ways to harness those and move them forward," said Reno.

There will be a total of four turbines built on the campus. Reese Technology Center said the future holds many more projects and innovative research.

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