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Dunn-Richmond Center SIU

The SIU Research Park is a non-profit corporation affiliated with Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU Carbondale) promoting technology and knowledge-based enterprise development within the Park and southern Illinois. It is the primary innovation and technology space in the southern third of Illinois and is a member of the Association of University Research Parks (AURP). As the University’s arm for technology transfer and research spin-outs, the Research Park is the local manifestation of the global innovation system. Its strength and success are directly tied to SIU’s classification as a Carnegie Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity institution, ranked among the top four percent of higher education research institutions in the United States.

Prospective tenants may apply to the SIU Research Park to lease land and construct buildings or to lease rooms in a multi-tenant facility. Start-up companies should apply for tenancy in the SIU Incubator Program, housed in the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center: a 55,000 square-foot, mixed-use facility offering multiple types of assistance to start, grow, and sustain innovative and technology-based companies.

Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center First Floor

Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center Second Floor

The Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center's incubator space is nearing capacity.  For details on available space and pricing, visit

Commercial space is also available at One Enterprise Place and One Innovation Place in the SIU Research Park.

Recent News

This section is dedicated to news surrounding the SIU Research Park, SIU Carbondale, and the region as a whole, in regard to research, innovation, and technology enterprise development.

SI Now Officially Launches

SI Now, a Southern Illinois Success Initiative, is officially underway and serves as a regional economic development hub and unified voice for the 17 southern counties in Illinois to advance our region as a great place to live, work, and do business. 

To learn more about SI Now, visit


Discover how to start a business at SIU’s Small Business Development Center workshops

If you’ve ever considered starting your own business, or expanding a small business to the next level, you’ll want to attend one of the “Starting Your Business in Illinois” workshops the Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is hosting.  To attend this no-cost workshop, visit the monthly event schedule or click the online workshop/on-demand link at


Strategic Planning Projects

The Strategic Planning Report Presentation for the World Shooting and Recreational Complex, and Pyramid State Recreation Area, was held on Monday, August, 5, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex’s Main Event Center.   An electronic version of each report is linked below.

Strategic Planning Report

(electronic PDF version)

Pyramid State Recreation Area

World Shooting and Recreational Complex 

For additional information, visit

Novel bacterium designated ‘SIUC-1’ likes it hot, may make history

Life: You find it in the darnedest places, and in all its weird glory.

Now the challenge for a student in the microbiology program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is keeping it alive to study where it fits within the tree of life.

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SIU students getting special entrepreneurship training and experience

Several Southern Illinois University Carbondale students are participating in a unique program designed to help them become more innovative, creative and entrepreneurial and to foster those traits in fellow students.

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