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Tempe's 'Brickyard' becoming ASU tech hotspot

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Summary:

Technology and enterprise programs at Arizona State University are converging at the Brickyard building on Mill Avenue in downtown Tempe.

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Technology and enterprise programs at Arizona State University are converging at the Brickyard building on Mill Avenue in downtown Tempe. Their recent moves from the nearby main campus mark not only a logistical change, but a shift toward increased collaboration between the university and the business sector.

Brickyard, at 699 S. Mill Avenue, now houses the administrative offices of the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, plus Technopolis, ASU's entrepreneurial assistance program, and Arizona Technology Enterprises, the university's tech-transfer operation.

"We're seeing the makings of a serious culture shift to entrepreneurship and the idea of enterprise," Rob Melnick, ASU's associate vice president for economic affairs, told the Business Journal regarding Brickyard. "We are absolutely on trajectory for an honest-to-God culture change."

The ASU Foundation is in the process of purchasing the Brickyard. According to the Business Journal, the location will be instrumental in a long-term plan to eventually connect the ASU main campus with nearby Tempe Town Lake, where the university owns land.


For more information:

"Tempe's Brickyard connects ASU to businesses, city," Business Journal, 04/05/2004