Research Park Corporation, a technology focused economic development organization based in Baton Rouge’s Louisiana Technology Park, has named a new chief executive officer Byron Clayton. Clayton is an entrepreneur and tech cluster expert in economic development and will also be the company’s new President.
Clayton was previously the Vice President of Cluster Acceleration for NorTech in Ohio.
The search began back in May and the board announced it was able to narrow down its selection towards the end of October, hoping to find a fit before the end of 2014. Clayton will begin his new role on January 19, 2015.
“It is truly an exciting time to be in Baton Rouge and Louisiana,” said Clayton. “The region has become known across the country for its strong business climate, creative entrepreneurs, leading edge colleges and universities and a wealth of support from the public and private sector. I look forward to working with these partners across the region to accelerate the pace of innovation and job growth throughout Louisiana, leveraging the unique strengths and resources of this new area that my family and I are proud to call home.
Edmund Giering, chair of the Search Committee that recommended Clayton to the RPC Board of Directors believes they have found an ideal fit. “Not only is he a successful entrepreneur and fundraiser, he also has an extensive and impressive track record in the areas of research, innovation and education,” he said. “But more than that, he has the innate desire to make a difference in our community,” said Giering.
The search for a new executive also included community partners throughout Baton Rouge, including Louisiana State University, Southern University, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Louisiana Economic Development, and members of the business community.