Texas State University's science, technology, and advanced research park, or STAR Park, is laying the ground work to make San Marcos a high-tech hot spot.
The expansion is expected to take years. For now, STAR One, the first building, provides entrepreneurs low-cost access to the equipment and advice they need.
"We have a total of 38 acres. At total build out, we'll be somewhere in the neighborhood of 260,000 square feet," Stephen Frayser with STAR Park said. "By letting you take a small portion of that facility you're not faced with all the front-end costs of getting started yet you get all of those services."
The Greater San Marcos Partnership, a public-private group aimed at bringing more jobs to the city and surrounding communities, sees STAR Park as another way to attract a mix of new employment opportunities.
"It's great for us to be able to attract and recruit large companies, but also to have the entrepreneurial environment to help our startup companies," Adriana Cruz with the Greater San Marcos Partnership said.
Thursday, the partnership showcased STAR Park and what it could mean for the area.
“Collaboration, integration between the university and industry, and so I think that that collaboration is what going to help our regional economy," Cruz said.
Frayser says the city's location between Austin and San Antonio puts it in an ideal position for startups to make a big impact.
"We're right smack in the middle of two of the fastest growing, technology-led cities in the country," Frayer said.
Texas State faculty and graduate students will also use STAR Park.
"Helping dynamic new companies get launched and be successful,” Frayser said.
STAR Park has been open for about 10 months. In that time, they've begun to work with a company in the green energy field and nano silicon.