The University of Idaho Research Park is the Inland Northwest’s campus focus for research and technology-based companies wanting to create or continue working relationships with the U of I and other Northwest colleges and universities.
The park is also a growing satellite campus for all U of I colleges and institutes, affecting interaction among academia, research and economic development with the park’s resident businesses.
The U of I Research Park is host to the U of I Coeur d'Alene's degree path classes in engineering, geology, geography (GIS), education and agricultural Extension; and there will be more offerings from additional colleges in the semesters to come.
The Research Park’s classrooms also are available for use by specialty industry engineering classes designed and conducted by regional companies. North Idaho College and U of I Research Park have a reciprocal use agreement with their classrooms, and TechHelp, the statewide engineering assistance program, offers regular classes on topical issues.
The Research Park is the university’s representative to northern Idaho economic and community development activities. Park staff participate in promoting the region to companies from outside Idaho and eastern Washington, and they work just as hard to retain those companies already residing here. They play active roles in community development and improving educational, social and economic issues.
The main offering of a university is education, and U of I offers education to the growing number of residents and visitors in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene corridor — not only degree path students, but those of all ages, with varied needs for education and training.
The importance of research is shown by the park’s name: The U of I Research Park. The park has now and will continue to expand offices, laboratories and classrooms for use by U of I professors, researchers and community service professionals.
The usual tenant is one who has research and development needs with which the U of I can lend assistance. The ideal use of the park’s laboratories and offices is one of collaborative research between the university and company scientists.