Rice to turn Sears into Tech Hub

How will this compete with the ERP?

Not sure if it will.

Does say that they sought a partnership with UH, along with other Houston area schools.

Looks like UH will be involved.

Other area colleges have offered their support. Rice said Thursday that the University of Houston, the University of Houston-Downtown, Texas Southern University, the University of St. Thomas, Houston Baptist University, South Texas College of Law Houston, Houston Community College and Lone Star College intend to participate.

A collaborative hub for Houston’s universities focused on innovation sounds somewhat like what Mayor Sylvester Turner pitched almost a year ago at his State of the City address.

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Formal groundbreaking set for Houston’s Ion innovation hub

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for July 19 as construction work gets underway to turn the former Sears building at 4201 Main St. into The Ion , a 270,000 square-foot facility envisioned as a anchor for the city’s innovation district in a $110 million renovation effort, per state filings. The Rice Management Company, which manages the Rice University endowment, owns the property and is behind the project. Institutions including Rice, the University of Houston, UH-Downtown, the University of St. Thomas, Houston Community College, Texas Southern University, Houston Baptist University, San Jacinto College and the South Texas College of Law are expected to offer programming in the space, according to a news release. www.ionhouston.com