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The Innovation Pipeline will have two full time staff members - one from the city of Tyler and another from the University of Texas at Tyler.
The Tyler City Council on Tuesday approved a memorandum of understanding with the college to provide an additional staff member to the space.
The Innovation Pipeline has been a dream of Mayor Martin Heines, who announced the program two years ago. In addition to space, the program will include mentoring and educational classes, as well as an Innovators' Lab, with equipment to create art or prototypes.
The public opening is scheduled to coordinate with the Discovery Science Place's Mini Maker's Faire on April 29, said Veronica Escamilla-Brady, innovation manager for the new facility.
UT Tyler will provide a co-director for the space, which will be fully funded through the school.
The agreement also provides opportunities for Innovation Pipeline members to use another makerspace through the Texas Productivity Center at the college of Business and Technology on UT's campus during scheduled time slots, according to the city.
This will allow IP members to access equipment not offered by the city due to liability concerns.
The agreement also includes the combined efforts of the university and Innovation Pipeline to coordinate a community-wide Business Plan Competition, which will be held through the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute in the College of Business and Technology at UT Tyler, according to the city.
In other business:
The city approved an agreement with the C.T. Brannon Corporation for design work on the Legacy Trails project, which will be the city's first piece of a regional trail system. The firm will be paid $487,565 to do the work.
The project is anticipated to be complete in two years, pending weather and construction timelines.