The new chief executive officer for Research Park Corp. wants to move his office from the Louisiana Technology Park, 7117 Florida Blvd., to downtown Baton Rouge.
Byron C. Clayton, who took RPC’s reins last month, told the corporation’s executive committee Thursday he wants the technology park to have a higher impact on the Baton Rouge community.
Clayton said he wants to be near the nerve centers for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Louisiana Economic Development. He also noted that IBM is building a complex for 800 employees downtown.
“To me, it’s apparent that’s where I should be,” Clayton said. “It’s all about collaboration.”
RPC oversees the technology park, which serves as an incubator for a variety of budding technology companies. Clayton, 57, served as vice president of cluster acceleration for NorTech — a nonprofit in Cleveland — before accepting the RPC’s post at an annual salary of $275,000, plus benefits.