Omaha's ConAgra Foods will be the first private industry collaborator in the University of Nebraska's Nebraska Innovation Campus, the school announced Wednesday.
An event is planned for 3 p.m. Friday in Lincoln to announce details, which are expected to include expanded research and development projects.
ConAgra spokeswoman Shelby Stoolman said the company will be building on an existing relationship with the university. ConAgra staff currently serve as adjunct professors, and have collaborated with student researchers.
“We're looking at it as a collaboration and really hoping to model the way that the private sector and academia can work together to take advantage of the strengths of both sides.” she said. “We're helping to make Interstate 80 the 'knowledge highway.'”
The collaboration is not expected to involve a specific financial commitment or a ConAgra research facility on the campus.
“As the first 'collaborator,' ConAgra Foods demonstrates NIC's vision to expand access to commercial markets, expand access to talented people and research capabilities, and expand access to talented potential employees,” the university said in a statement.
The 249-acre campus, under development in Lincoln on the former state fairgrounds, is envisioned as a public-private research and technology development center that will house as many as 7,000 people engaged in research related to the areas of food, water and fuel.
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