University of the Virgin Islands
Research & Technology Park Newsletter I
Crucian Global Partners with KD Cruzan RTPark Spotlighted at DOI Conference
RTPark and SBCD Join Forces Park to Begin E-commerce Prototyping RTPark FAQs
Proposal for Business Incubator and Distance Learning Center Kai Hendricks Joins RTPark
Crucian Global Partners with KD Cruzan
Crucian Global Services has formed a partnership with
web-hosting company KD Cruzan in a deal sure to boost
e-commerce operations within the UVI Research and
KD Cruzan will supply both
technical expertise and equip- .
ment to implement the proto-
typing phase of the e-commerce i i li.
solution to be offered by the
Research and Technology Park.
The company will also assist
Crucian Global in bringing
high-tech clients into the Park.
"KD Cruzan brings to bear real
estate development, Internet co-
location, and IP transit expertise
in support of Crucian Global's
strategy for e-commerce at the
Research and Technology Park,"
said Mike Fields, founder of
Crucian Global. Crucian Global
provides managed services for
clients within the Research Park.
KD Cruzan, is managed by Kimball and David Small, a
father and son team from San Jose, California with sub-
stantial experience in industrial development and network
services. The team also brings to the partnership more
than 30 years experience in real estate development-par-
ticularly high-tech office space.
In the mid-1970s, the elder Small created Kimball Small
Properties, which developed more than 10 million square
feet of projects-mostly in Silicon Valley.
Those developments include:
.. Santa Clara Techmart Office
building and Westin Hotel and
assthe Silicon Valley Financial
Center in downtown San Jose.
In 1996 Kimball Small
Properties partnered with
AboveNet Communications. In
2003, KSP formed KDweb and
assumed the operation of
AboveNet's data center.
Through KDweb and ensuing
partnerships, the Smalls have
developed some 2,000 clients.
Several of those clients are being
approached to implement their
e-commerce operations at the
UVI Research and Technology Park. Many of these clients
have highly valued digital content that they sell through
electronic commerce, including downloadable software and
digital media, Fields said.
"Through its many relationships and partnerships, KD
Cruzan can offer a wide range of industrial development
and telecommunications bandwidth and services," Fields
RTPark to be Spotlighted at DOI Conference
The University of the Virgin Islands Research and
Technology Park project is one of four USVI economic
development initiatives to be spotlighted at the DOI
(Department of the Interior) sponsored Business
Development Conference scheduled for September 23-24,
2004 in Los Angeles, California.
The purpose of the conference is to showcase business
opportunities in the seven island jurisdictions for which
the Department of Interior has responsibility. The con-
ference will highlight business opportunities in Guam, the
U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern
Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the Republic of Palau,
the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated
States of Micronesia.
The Park will be participating with an exhibit. Malcolm
Kirwan, the Executive Director of Park, has been invited
to participate on the Hi-Tech Opportunities Panel and
RTPark strategic partner, Crucian Global, will be partici-
pating on the Film Industry Panel as well as hosting a
hospitality suite at the conference. Participation on the
panels will present the opportunity to showcase the Park
and its benefits.
According to the Department of the Interior, the UVI
Research and Technology Park will be presented as one of
a number of possible opportunities for win-win situa-
tions for the islands and the mainland.
The 2003 conference drew companies from 33 states and
territories, including California, New York, Florida, Texas,
Illinois, Ohio, Washington, Hawaii, South Carolina,
Georgia and Puerto Rico. Among the industries repre-
sented were environmental technology, information tech-
nology, construction, education and training, real estate
development, tourism, shipping, energy and professional
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RTPark and SBDC Join Forces to Launch SBIR Assistance Program
Local entrepreneurs and potential tenants in the UVI Research and
Technology Park will have access to federal funds and resources for devel-
oping new high-tech products and services, thanks to a collaborative agree-
ment between Park officials and the UVI Small Business Development
Technology Park Executive Director Malcolm Kirwan and UVI-SBDC state
director Warren Bush signed the agreement in June 2004. The agreement
brings two Small Business Administration (SBA) high tech development
programs to the Virgin Islands: the Small Business Innovation Research
program (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program.
SBIR is a highly competitive award system that provides qualified small
businesses with opportunities to fund innovative ideas that meet the specif-
ic research and development needs of the Federal Government.
SBIR offers Phase I grants up to $100,000 for a six-month period, and
Phase II grants up to $750,000 over a two-year period.
The SBIR program has experienced explosive growth since its inception in
1983. In its first year of operation, SBIR distributed 686 Phase I awards,
totaling $44.5 million, to small high technology firms. In FY 2001, the pro-
gram distributed 3,215 Phase I awards and 1,533 Phase II awards for
approximately $1.5 billion dollars.
The agreement between RTPark and UVI-SBDC will enable small business-
es within the Park to develop and compete on the same level as larger busi-
"Not only does this mean an opportunity to participate in the procurement
process with the federal government, it will have a substantial economic
impact on the Virgin Islands in terms of jobs growth," said Bush.
The STTR program will assist businesses in transferring technologies and
products from the laboratory to the marketplace.
The new agreement was quickly put into action with an orientation for
potential Park tenants and local entrepreneurs in the Virgin Islands. The
orientation conference was held September 9th on St. Thomas at the UVI-
SBDC Training Facility and September 10th on St. Croix at the University
of the Virgin Islands Evans Center.
On St. Thomas, entrepreneurs received a briefing on the SBIR and STTR
concept from Edgardo Agrait Comos, Director, Technology Development
and Commercial Center, Puerto Rico-SBDC. The orientation also featured
a presentation on steps involved in developing competitive SBIR/STTR
Kirwan said the agreement between the Technology Park and UVI-SBDC is
the realization of a major goal of the Park to establish linkages with the
University. "This partnership illustrates how the Technology Park and vari-
ous arms of the University will be able to collaborate to enhance both the
mission of the Park and UVI," Kirwan noted.
Bush said the orientation was just the first step in bringing federal grant
opportunities and resources to foster high-tech business development. He
said a larger conference on SBIR/STTR will take place in Spring 2005.
"Representatives from grant awarding companies will be present at the next
conference. That will include government procurement agencies, the ven-
ture capital sector and proposal writers," Bush said.
Park to Begin E-commerce Prototyping
The Research and Technology Park will mark an important milestone in
its development this fall with the start of the prototyping for the Park's
e-commerce solution by Crucian Global Services, a strategic partner of
the Park. The prototype phase is expected to begin by the end of 2004
with at least two Park tenants onboard. Those tenants will be engaged in
e-commerce activities that involve the streaming of digital content,
including software and digital media. The e-commerce services to be
provided by the Park through its strategicpartners include:
* E-commerce hosting
* Streaming of digital content
* Managed professional services
* Strategic infrastructure software technologies
* Payment gateway and transaction processing services
The world class e-commerce services that are contemplated
are ideal for companies engaged in:
* Electronic software download distribution
* Electronic consumer and commercial auctions
* On-line distribution of analytical information
* On-line catalog sales
* On-line training seminars and education sessions
* Real-time streaming of digital content
* Hosting mission critical ASP solutions
* Business to business exchange networks
* Ticketing and reservation systems
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Proposal Under Review for Business Incubator and Distance
Research and Technology Park officials are reviewing a proposal to build a
business incubator and distance learning center within the Park.
The project is proposed by the Alameda Land & Development
Corporation, a community planning, development and investment com-
pany headquartered in New Mexico.
The business incubator portion of the project would research and identify
economically feasible products and services that can be produced within
the Park. The incubator would help develop locally owned and operated
businesses that can produce those products for local use and export.
The second component, a distance learning center, will create a global
classroom and conference center for specialized learning for students and
continuing education participants and workforce training. Additionally,
the distance learning center would link the University of the Virgin
Islands with other educational institutions.
The facility will be comprised of 10,000 square feet and is expected to
cost up to $2,000,000. The principals of the facility will invest capital and
resources for the start-up of the Incubator and Distance Learning Center.
Alameda Development Corporation has 20 years experience in communi-
ty planning, development and real estate investments. Jack Pickel,
founder and president of Alameda Land & Development Corporation, led
the team development of Las Alamedas, a 2,833-acre master planning
community in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
More than $300 million in construction improvements have been issued
and completed in Las Alamedas, including the award-winning South
Ridge Village, Sonoma Ranch Golf community, and the $65 million
St. Croix Native Kai Hendricks Joins RTPark
Kai Hendricks, the first employee hired by a Park partner, will oversee the
prototyping phase of the Park's e-commerce solution, according to Mike
Fields, President of Crucian Global Services Inc, the firm providing man-
aged services for RTPark tenants.
"By hiring Kai Hendricks we are in essence fulfilling an important goal of
the Research and Technology Park, which is to improve the economic con-
dition of the people on St. Croix by creating jobs," said Fields.
"In order for the Park to truly promote local economic development, an
important focus of Park tenants and partners must be on finding, training
and hiring residents of the Virgin Islands to fill jobs created by the Park
initiative. The hiring of Kai is evidence of the Park's commitment to this
objective," added Park Executive Director Malcolm C. Kirwan.
With Hendricks, Crucian Global Services, Inc. gains a systems engineer
with a vast array of experience in network design, implementation and
management. Most 1 I .. 1; he worked as chief data system engineer for
Medeya, LLC, based in St. Croix where he provided advice and resources
for companies seeking to build or improve their business communications.
This included a full range of data networking services, including applica-
tions, security policy enforcement and system documentation. Hendricks
has served as a Sr. WAN Administrator, at Duane Reade Corporation,
designed and managed LANs/WANs at St. Croix-based Innovative
Communications Co. (ICC), and worked as network technician for Hess
Oil Virgin Islands, Co, and Antillean Engineers.
He has received numerous community accolades for his service, including a
Young Entrepreneur Recognition Award for innovation, vision, and good
business ethics and also garnered recognition for his leadership in
automating the Virgin Islands Library network system.
Hendricks attended Country Day School and later studied electrical
engineering at Hampton University and business management at Johnson
& Wales University.
The thirty-year old Christiansted resident is looking forward to working
with Crucian Global. "I am proud to be working for a company with a
vision; a company that will introduce high technology to stimulate eco-
nomic development for the Virgin Islands."
The RTPark web site
will have a new look
and updated information.
Be sure to look us up at
Enabling Innovation. Building Prosperity.
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