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Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 11:21 AM

University of Texas at Austin to create Taylor location

University of Texas at Austin to create Taylor location
The University of Texas at Austin officials gather around the university's tower to celebrate Taylor announcement

Author: Photo courtesy of the University of Texas at Austin

AUSTIN — The University of Texas at Austin is establishing a base in Taylor.

The Temple College at Taylor Foundation gave the University of Texas at Austin a 68-acre tract that will be developed into The University of Texas at Austin – Taylor Center, according to UT officials. 

“The city of Taylor is thrilled to welcome The University of Texas at Austin,” Mayor Brandt Rydell said. “UT’s presence in our vibrant, growing community will provide even more opportunities for future generations and help solidify the city’s place as a center for progress and enrichment in Williamson County and the state of Texas.”

The property is situated near Samsung Austin Semiconductor’s new 6 million-square-foot chip fabrication plant and will catalyze the region’s growth as a national leader in the semiconductor supply chain, a UT press release said.

“Advancing innovation, growing education and cultivating leadership in the semiconductor space is a major area of focus for The University of Texas, and we are excited to have a presence in the burgeoning Taylor community and the opportunity to further shape the expanding footprint of the semiconductor ecosystem in Central Texas,” UT President Jay Hartzell said. 

The foundation was established by Taylor residents to provide higher education in the city. The Taylor Center will be built on undeveloped land, adjacent to Taylor High School on U.S. Highway 79.

According to Amanda Brown Irving, assistant vice president of philanthropic planning, there is not a timeline for the development of the land.

The press release said proximity to Samsung’s new $17 billion facility makes it a natural fit for the university’s initiatives such as the Texas Institute for Electronics, which is considering use of the site for training and research with semiconductor partners.

“We are grateful to the Temple College at Taylor Foundation for welcoming UT into its vision for educational and economic opportunity in the region and to the City of Taylor for its commitment to supporting one of the nation’s most critical needs,” Hartzell said.

UT has a history in America’s semiconductor industry dating back to the formation of Sematech in the 1980s, university officials said. 

According to the press release, the Texas Legislature has invested $552 million in TIE to better position the region to compete for federal CHIPS Act funding. TIE is using some of the state funds to refurbish existing fabrication plants at the original Sematech site on Montopolis Drive and at UT’s J.J. Pickle Research Campus on Burnet Road.

“The Temple College at Taylor Foundation has embraced a thoughtful evolution of ideas that culminated in the establishment of The University of Texas at Austin – Taylor Center,” said James Bartosh, president of the foundation and a UT alumnus. “UT’s and Samsung’s investments in Taylor will result in the advancement of education, research and quality of life in Central Texas.”

The university said it will work with the Taylor community and industry partners to determine the highest-impact uses of the Taylor Center to grow and support Central Texas’ semiconductor workforce and supply chain. The university has assembled a site task force and is interviewing leaders across campus to determine which programs would be best fits for the new Taylor Center. 

“If UT can change the world with Forty Acres, one can only imagine the impact the University can make with our gift of 68 acres,” said Louis Hughes, a board member of the foundation and UT alumnus.


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