LC Bulletin: NMSU alum joins Arrowhead

July 19, 2013. Retrieved online July 22, 2013 from Alta LeCompte, Las Cruces Bulletin

Research park embraces broader mission

Wayne Savage, who managed the con­struction of Spaceport America, has been named executive director of the New Mexico State University Arrowhead Business and Research Park.

Savage began his duties in June and is al­ready looking for ways to enhance the business park’s role in supporting economic develop­ment and business innovation in the region.

“From my background of property man­agement and large project delivery – most re­cently focused on Spaceport America and the commercial space industry development here in southern New Mexico – I’ve come to under­stand that economic development has been at the core of everything I’ve done,” Savage said.

He said one goal he has for Arrowhead Park is to redefine and clarify what the park has to offer potential tenants. That means updat­ing the park’s master plan to reflect a broader mixed-use development mission that targets industries that are tied to some of NMSU’s research and academic strengths, such as ag­riculture, aerospace, energy, sustainability, manufacturing and engineering.

Arrowhead Park is being developed as a public-private land partnership that links sci­entists, technologists and entrepreneurs con­tributing to economic development in New Mexico. It is a growing hub for innovation and creativity that will provide an entrepreneurial environment with space, facilities and services to foster cooperation between NMSU research efforts and technology-based entrepreneurs and businesses in southern New Mexico.

Savage shifts focus

Following a career managing projects in the semiconductor industry, he returned to Las Cruces and in 2007 began pursuing a job with the spaceport because he thought it would be “the most exciting project of my career.”

As his role evolved, he became more aware of the economic development implications of the project.

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