New multi-purpose conference center opened

A new public building at the gate of the Transportation Research Center’s East Liberty campus will offer people a glimpse into the cutting-edge technology being developed and tested behind the fences of the 4,500-acre site.

TRC classroom

ABOVE: Transportation Research Center’s facilities operation manager Joe Campbell, left, discusses the new high tech classroom facility at TRC’s new conference center with Kurt Ely, of The Ohio State University, during an open house Thursday morning. HOME PAGE SLIDE SHOW PHOTO: Transportation Research Center executives, Ohio State University deans, and Ohio Department of Transportation assistant director and local economic development officials cut the ribbon to open TRC’s new conference center. They are from the left, TRC Executive Vice-President Ron Burton, Logan County Chamber of Commerce CEO Paul Benedetti, TRC human resources officer Amy Luther, OSU vice president of research Carol Whitacre, TRC COO Joanna Pinkerton, OSU Engineering Dean David Williams, TRC President Brett Roubinek, OSU associate dean Dorota Grejner-Brzezinksa, TRC CFO Cortney Schaefer, ODOT Chief Engineer James Barna and Marysville Union County Chamber of Commerce CEO Eric Phillips. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES)

“This is the first of many investments Ohio State has planned at TRC,” David Williams, chairman of TRC’s board and dean of OSU’s College of Engineering, said. “We are sending a message to all the surrounding communities that TRC is growing and going to be a leader in job growth and economic development.

“We are creating a world class autonomous testing center right here in central Ohio. The great thing about this facility is that it’s outside the fence. We can show off TRC and everything we are here without compromising security of our clients,” Williams said.

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