Reese Air Force Base Celebrates Ten Years Since Its Closing - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/30/07

Reese Air Force Base Celebrates Ten Years Since Its Closing

The Reese Air force Base closed its doors ten years ago Sunday due to military cutbacks, but after a decade, we're told the Reese Technology Center is making some major strides.

September 30, 1997 was the day the Reese Air force Base closed and became the Reese Technology Center. After being reviewed by the government, Reese was among nearly one hundred air force bases permanently closed by the Pentagon in 97 during downsizing.

Todd Reno, the director of business development for Reese explains, "In 95 they found out we were on the list that we might be closed and quickly people banned together to plan for the future."

And because of that planning a decade later, the 25 hundred acre campus is making some major progress.

Reno says, "the fact that we've been able to come this far and do so many things with the base. We're kind of a posture child of redevelopment."

Thirteen tenants keep this campus debt free and self supported. They stand on their own two feet with no funding from the city.

"1200 jobs were lost with the closing and we've been able to bring back 700 of those so were not quite there but we'll continue to move forward," says Reno.

 Texas Tech, South Plains College and the Institute of Environmental Human Health are just a few major key components that bring Reese its success.

The campus is an assortment of diverse businesses. You can catch everything from the Lubbock Police Academy to their daycare center. And as for the future of the center...the sky truly is the limit. 

The Reese Technology Center is the 5th largest research park in the United States and has been the most successful since its redevelopment.

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