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Editorial: IT center is right move

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Efforts to make Downtown Albuquerque into a hub of innovation and technology got a boost with the announcement of a new business incubator.

Albuquerque’s Bioscience Center, which in just two years has been successful in growing bio-tech startups, will open a new information technology center in the downtown area by April. It will provide support for IT and digital media startups and also be a workplace for businesses and professionals who can network with the new guys on the technology block.

The “Fat Pipe ABQ” center will be in the former Albuquerque High School’s library building across the street from the future Innovate ABQ, a high-tech research and development center the University of New Mexico and the city of Albuquerque plan to develop at Broadway and Central.

Bioscience Center founder Stuart Rose sees Fat Pipe ABQ as a logical companion to Innovate ABQ, a public-private venture whose goal is to bring together the expertise of New Mexico’s research universities and technology laboratories, entrepreneurs and business interests that can take innovative ideas to market.

This is an early and tangible response to the need for innovation and a more diverse economy.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.

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